Mother of 20-year-old accused of killing his niece’s mother recalls attack

As Myriam Augustin sat on the stand Friday during her son’s trial for murder, she recalled washing rice in the sink of her Riviera Beach home when she felt her son’s presence walk behind her on Nov. 14, 2014.  Earlier that day her son, Bryan Augustin, and the mother of his niece, Kayla Storey, had a fight over him going through her room looking for something. 

Augustin said the next thing she heard was Storey’s sister, Kiersten, yell:

“What are you doing, Bryan?”

Bryan Augustin (Palm Beach County Jail 2014)

Bryan Augustin (Palm Beach County Jail 2014)

When she turned around, her son was stabbing Storey feet away from her.

Testimony continued Thursday in the murder trial of 20-year-old Bryan Augustin with multiple witnesses including Augustin, Riviera Beach Police detectives, DNA experts and a childhood friend of Augustin in front of Judge Marni Bryson.

On. Nov. 14, 2014, police say Augustin stabbed Storey several times at the home they shared with his mother and other brothers. Storey and one of Augustin’s brother have a daughter together and after she was born Storey moved into the home. During the stabbing, then-12-year-old Kiersten ran outside with Storey’s 1-year-old daughter to safety and Augustin’s mother pushed him to the wall and attempted to grab the knife from him, injuring her hand.

“I told him, “Bryan, you cut Mommy,”” Augustin recalled, choking back tears. That’s when he shook his head–like he was leaving a trance, she said–and ran out of the home.

Augustin said her son was always quiet and never violent. She said he and Storey would have small arguments mainly over what was on TV, but nothing physical.

She said she still questions why her then-18-year-old son stabbed Storey to death in the kitchen they shared as a family. Police say Storey had found a gun earlier in the home and removed it. When Augustin got home, he was upset when he couldn’t find it and allegedly punched Storey in the face, police said.

When Judge Bryson called for a short recess on Thursday morning, Augustin sat in the courtroom with her head bowed when she was approached by members of Storey’s family and the group hugged.

“You know I love you,” she told them.

 

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