Two men charged with capital murder in 2018 Sulphur Rock shooting

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Two Independence County men have been charged with capital murder in the June 2018 shooting death of a Sulphur Rock man. (For more information on that story, click here.)

The capital murder charges were requested by the Independence County Sheriff’s Department in court documents dated Jan. 31, 2019, due to the premeditated killing of Michael Bryant, 33, of Sulphur Rock, on June 13, 2018. Capital murder is a Class Y felony and carries the most severe punishment allowed by law.

The two suspects are both from Independence County: Alexander G. Brosius, 27, and Jesse R. Shoemaker, 34. Shoemaker is in custody, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Brosius. Authorities said this morning that attorneys have informed them that Brosius will turn himself in this week.

Bryant was shot in a planned ambush for the theft of a pocket watch belonging to Brosius, according to court information. The pocket watch was a gift to Brosius from his great grandfather and later pawned at a local pawn shop by Bryant and a female friend for $1,300, the court documents noted. Bryant later died from his injury.

The shot that killed Bryant was fired from a .308-caliber rifle, and according to authorities, Shoemaker fired that shot.

In addition to the capital murder charge, authorities are also asking that Brosius and Shoemaker be charged with criminal possession of body armor, a Class D felony.

A $500,000 bond has been set on each man.

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