An arrest has been made in connection to the brutal and inhumane murder of a Vietnam Veteran in California.
51-year-old Sean Bryant was arrested earlier this month on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and inflicting corporal injury.
However, after human bones were discovered in a burn pile on his property (and the subsequent interview of several witnesses), Bryant was re-booked on charges of murder and torture of Vietnam vet Stan Norman, who had been reported missing prior to the discovery of the remains.
“Evidence was found that suggested it was likely to be a homicide instead of a missing persons case,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Sergeant Bob Jakobs said.
Norman was last seen at Bryant’s Grass Valley home on April 14, and while Bryant claims that Norman had left -with a Hummer SUV and a toy poodle- before he woke up, phone records recovered by law enforcement show they had travelled together.
“He said that when he woke up in the afternoon, Stan and the Hummer were gone,” Jakobs said. “But the phone records show that he and Stan left Grass Valley together.”
According to The Union, Bryant told multiple people that he knew nothing about the murder, even at a local VFW post. While he was there, he distanced himself from Norman and promoted his business.
“Sean came in there and denied knowing anything about where Stan was,” Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2655 Commander Will Buck said. “He had the audacity to lie to each and every one of us.”
When brought to a hearing in Nevada County Superior Court on Thursday, Bryant claimed he was innocent.
“I didn’t do it,” Bryant said.
Kristen Day, a friend of Norman’s, said she knew Bryant and recalls when Bryant spoke at public forums geared towards local civic and veteran organizations.
“He cried what we now know are fake tears,” she said. “That makes me sick to my stomach. That’s another level of evil.”
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