All Charges Dropped Against 3 Men Arrested In Belle Terre Shooting Spree in March
FlaglerLive | June 13, 2016
All charges were dropped against three men accused in March of felony charges stemming from a reported shooting spree on Belle Terre Parkway.
Steverson Jean-Louis, 19, of 45 Prattwood Drive, Derek Hall Jr., 23, of 45 Buttonworth Drive, and Phillip Haire, 18, of 11 London Drive, all in Palm Coast, had each faced a charge of firing or throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, a second-degree felony, and an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, a third-degree felony. Hair was represented by attorney William Brookhammer, Hall was represented by Terry Hill, and Jea-Louis by a public defender.
The case never progressed much: it didn’t even go as far as a felony arraignment. That had originally been scheduled for April 4. It was continued to June 6, and continued again to July, though on June 8 and 9 the charges were dropped after a no-information notice. The notices are never accompanied by explanations. But they usually mean that the state attorney’s office, which makes the decision on whether to pursue a case, is not doing so for lack of a sufficiently strong case it could win.
Haire, in an unrelated case, was rearrested in May on a domestic assault charge and a criminal mischief charge. The domestic assault charge was dropped less than a week after his arrest. He still faces the criminal mischief charge, a first-degree misdemeanor, and a June 30 pre-trial before County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens.
The previous story is below.
Three Palm Coast Men Arrested Following Shooting Spree on Belle Terre Parkway and Brookside
March 9–Two Palm Coast teens and a 23-year-old, including the victim of a shooting last year in the L Section, were jailed this morning following an apparent shooting spree on Belle Terre Parkway and Brookside Lane in Palm Coast.
Steverson Jean-Louis, 19, of 45 Prattwood Drive, Derek Hall Jr., 23, of 45 Buttonworth Drive, and Phillip Haire, 18, of 11 London Drive, all in Palm Coast, each face charges of shooting or throwing a deadly missile, a second-degree felony, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony. Hall and Haire had posted bail on $2,500 bond, and were released.
Haire two years ago was shot in the stomach near his home in the L Section following an altercation, allegedly with Zaire Roberts, a then-17-year-old Palm Coast resident, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting but was processed through the juvenile justice system. The outcome of his case is unclear.
The incident that led to the trio’s arrest began after 9 p.m. when the alleged victim, Anthony Kraemer, 19, had gone out to get some food. He’d been visiting his girlfriend on Brooklyn Lane. As he drove and briefly idled at the intersection of Brookside and Belle Terre, preparing to turn right, he saw a four-door gold Mazda sedan about to turn onto Brookside. It had five occupants, Kraemer told police, four of whom he recognized, three of whom he knew from school and the neighborhood, among them Haire and Hall. He didn’t know the driver, who was later identified as Jean-Louis.
Kraemer told police that he’d had a previous run-in with Hall and another one of the individuals in the Mazda, on Feb. 20, when they pulled up next to him and allegedly pointed a handgun at him through the window. He pressed charges at the time. Tuesday evening, he said he saw a black handgun in the backseat. When he saw the men in the car, he said he immediately floored the gas, the heard five or six gunshots. He didn’t know if any of the rounds struck his Honda Accord, though a deputy noted one bullet hole in the center of the car’s rear bumper.
Kraemer, who spoke to deputies at a Kangaroo station, was not injured. Deputies went to the location of the alleged shooting and set up a crime scene. Whether they recovered any evidence is unclear: the arrest reports are redacted, as the investigation is still ongoing. But soon after a be-on-the-lookout was broadcast, an off-duty law enforcement officer noticed a car matching the description of the Mazda. A deputy pulled the car over: its tag was expired. Jean-Louis was at the wheel. Two passengers were with him: Hall and another individual, whose name was redacted.
Jean-Louis and Hall were arrested. The third individual was not. Haire was arrested at his London Drive home. Deputies attempted to find two more individuals but were not successful, suggesting that further arrests are possible. The charges will be forwarded to the state attorney’s office, whose prosecutors will decide whether the charges stick, and in what form.