Riviera Beach man on trial in stabbing death of niece’s mother

bryan-augustinTestimony began Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of the 20-year-old man accused of stabbing the 17-year-old mother of his niece to death nearly two years ago.

Bryan Augustin, of Riviera Beach, was arrested Boynton Beach two days after the Nov. 10, 2014 stabbing death of 17-year-old Kayla Storey.

Storey’s then 12-year-old sister, Kiersten, was a witness in the trial before Judge Marni Bryson Wednesday, recounting the argument where Augustin allegedly punched her sister in the face over a handgun missing fro nthe Augustin family home in the 1300 block of West 25th Street.

Later, while the girls, Augustin’s mother and Storey’s then 1-year-old daughter were in the kitchen, Augustin allegedly came in with a sharp black object and stabbed Storey repeatedly.

Kiersten was able to grab her sister’s daughter, Genesis and escape the house uninjured. But according to arrest reports, Augustin’s mother, Myriam, sustained cuts to her hands as she tried to wrestle what she later described as a “black plastic thing” in her son’s hands.

Assistant State Attorneys Jill Richstone and Reid Scott and Assistant Public Defender Noble Parsons  delivered their opening statements in the case to jurors Wednesday before testimony began. The trial could wrap up as early as Thursday.