Bond denied for suspect in Hampton officer-involved shooting
HAMPTON, Va.- Two men accused of being involved in an officer-involved shooting went before a Hampton judge Thursday morning.
Darone Owens, 18, and Leroy Clyburn III, 20, were facing multiple charges for their part in the shooting that took place October 17.
A judge denied bond for Owens.
Clyburn’s bond hearing was denied because his attorney had to withdraw from the case. The attorney told the court he’s also representing Clyburn’s co-defendant.
According to court documents, Owens was driving a Ford pickup truck reported stolen from Chesapeake when a Newport News Police officer and Williamsburg Police officer noticed the vehicle and began following it.
Documents say the pulled the truck into a 7-Eleven and went inside the store.
As officers approached, according to documents, one of the other occupants got into the driver seat and the truck was driven toward the officers.
The officers then opened fire, striking and killing 24-year-old Deandre Bethea.
Owens is charged with grand larceny, possession of a delinquent firearm and concealed weapon.
Leroy Clyburn III, 20, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon and one count of grand larceny. After a court appearance Clyburn was found not guilty/acquitted of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon and a grand larceny charge was nolle prossed previously.
Two 17-year-olds were also charged in the incident.
Police say they recovered a total of five firearms that were in possession of the suspects.
Owens and Clyburn are expected back in court on January 4th.