PHOTO: Shooting suspects Dustin Russell (left) and Lyndsey Bronston (right) are escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday following the evidence hearing in Franklin. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The two suspects involved in the killing of Brentwood resident Clark Cable – 18 year-old Lyndsey Bronston and 24 year-old Dustin Russell – will have their cases heard by a grand jury after a Williamson County judge found there to be probable cause Wednesday evening during an evidence hearing related to the case.
On December 3, 25-year-old Cable was fatally shot while at his parents’ residence on Dozier Court in Brentwood. Police quickly determined that the shooting was done from a passing vehicle, and that the victim had likely been targeted by the perpetrators. After extensive investigations into Cables’ phone communications and other leads, the two suspects were identified and arrested while in Phoenix, Arizona, and shortly thereafter, extradited back to Tennessee.
During the evidence hearing on Wednesday, Detectives Adrian Breedlove and Dustin Miller of the Brentwood Police Department both spoke under oath, relaying details of the interrogations of the two suspects. One of the main details revealed was that Bronston had been involved in prostitution.
Miller said that after initially denying any knowledge of the incident, Bronston eventually admitted to being involved in the shooting, and said that she believed she was being targeted for a kidnapping, and that the shooting victim had been involved in the attempt to kidnap her.
“She began to relay to me, and also the other detectives, she thought that someone by the name of “Joe Jones” was trying to kidnap her,” Miller said. “She made comments that this person named Joe Jones had been making contact with her, had been calling her, texting her, “lighting her up” I think was the word… trying to get in touch with her to kidnap her. She thought that our victim was involved with that particular person.”
Miller later said that police found no evidence of a “Joe Jones” in Bronston’s phone data, nor any other evidence to corroborate that claim.
Breedlove said that the victim had been in contact with Bronston, and that the two had met in person on at least one occasion, but did not specify as to the reason.
Defense Attorney Eric Larsen asked Breedlove whether he believed Bronston’s claims that she was in fear of being kidnapped. Breedlove said that he didn’t believe that to be the case, and suggested what he did believe had transpired.
“It’s my belief, based on the investigation, that Clark was asking too many personal questions,” Breedlove said. “Based on everything that I’ve seen throughout this investigation, he was trying to become more familiar with her as a person, other than just a transactional client.”
After the suspects were arrested by Phoenix police, Miller had flown out to Arizona on December 14 to interview Bronston and Russell. Miller said that Bronston had originally claimed her and Russell were only trying to “scare” the victim. Miller said he relayed to Bronston video of her initial interview with Phoenix police, in which she admitted to not only knowing people were inside the residence during the shooting, but that they had actively shot at a silhouette they had seen in the upstairs window.
“The story went from, she had no idea what was going on, to one point where she said that she actually shot the victim, another point where she said that Dustin shot the victim, and then evolved back to her saying she shot the victim,” Miller said. “There were several different admissions during my entire interview with her.”
Miller also described the two suspects’ behavior in the interrogation room as “very inappropriate.” Miller said their behavior was so inappropriate, in fact, that Phoenix police had to separate them because of “the sexual nature of the things that they were doing and talking about,” further calling their behavior “pretty disgusting.”
As to who actually fired the gun, both Miller and Breedlove said they believed it to have been Russell, based on forensic evidence, and where the suspects were believed to be seated in the vehicle during the incident.
While both detectives believed Russell to have been the one who actually fired the weapon, both had alluded to Bronston being the main instigator of the killing.
“[Bronston] did a lot of the legwork on finding out how the things were going to happen; in other words, how to get to this location, where the person was, things about family… she went to a great extent to do that type of thing – but she didn’t tie [Russell] up and drag him along either.”
“I believe that she took some serious time in figuring out what was going to happen, how it was going to happen,” Miller said. “She instructed him to go with her, he went with her, and then he shot the victim. That’s what I think happened, and I believe that the evidence proves that.”
Bronston and Russell are both being held at the Williamson County Jail on bonds of $2 million and $3 million, respectively, under charges of criminal homicide. A date for the grand jury hearing has not yet been set.