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Attorney seeks protective custody for manslaughter defendant

Posted: April 25, 2012 5:42 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 5:42 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO - The lawyer representing a local man charged in the death of his girlfriend asked a Superior Court judge Wednesday to place her client in protective custody.

Defense attorney Evelyn Burns asked San Fernando Superior Court Judge David B. Gelfound to place Bryon Jeffrey Murray "back in protective custody."

Murray, 29, of Canyon Country, remains behind bars on charges of vehicular manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2010 death of Rosemary Flynn.

Murray was led into court about 9:30 a.m. handcuffed and dressed in blue Los Angeles County Jail coveralls.

Gelfound told Burns to notify the bailiff about her concerns.

Protective custody is a type imprisonment aimed at protecting a prisoner from harm, either from outside sources or other prisoners, according to a spokesman for the National Institute of Corrections.

Asked Wednesday outside court why she sought protective custody for her client, Burns said only "no comment."

Murray was arrested in June on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty.

Flynn, 21, of Canyon Country, died of a fractured skull after the couple argued outside their Canyon Country apartment.

She hit her head on the asphalt after allegedly grabbing the door of a truck as Murray drove it away from their Jakes Way apartment.

Later Wednesday, Murray appeared elsewhere in Superior Court on four felony counts of vandalism for allegedly vandalizing four different people's cars.

In each case, damage to the cars exceeded $400 and, according to a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office in October, each of the cars had allegedly been "keyed."





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