A Palm Beach County jury on Friday convicted a 20-year-old Riviera Beach man of second-degree murder for the November 2014 stabbing death of his niece’s mother after an argument at his family’s home.
The only question for jurors in Bryan Augustin’s trial this week was whether he was acting with premeditation when he stabbed 17-year-old Kayla Storey to death.
Assistant State Attorneys Jill Richstone and Reid Scott told jurors that Augustin walked into the kitchen with the intent to kill the teen, who had a then-infant daughter with Augustin’s brother, because the two had argued earlier over a gun missing from the house.
Assistant Public Defender Noble Parsons acknowledged that Augustin killed Storey in front of his mother, Myriam, and Storey’s then 12-year-old sister Kiersten, but said prosecutors couldn’t prove it was premeditated.
After several hours of deliberation that began late Thursday, jurors ultimately sided with Parsons, convicting Augustin of second-degree murder, though they convicted him as charged of a related armed aggravated battery charge.
Augustin, who was just days shy of his 19th birthday at the time of the stabbing, could still face up to life in prison when Palm Beach County Judge Marni Bryson sentences him Nov. 18. The life sentence would have been mandatory had he been convicted of first-degree murder, but under the second-degree murder charge the minimum sentence is 25 years in prison.