No Bond For Suspects in Broward Cyclist Deaths

Two men arrested in connection with cyclists deaths ordered held without bond

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    Obrian Oakley, 26, and Sadik Baxter, 25, made separate appearances in a Broward court Monday, the day after authorities said they arrested the robbery suspects in connection with a hit and run crash. Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley held separate hearings in court. (Published Monday, Aug 6, 2012)

    The two robbery suspects arrested in connection with the hit and run crash that killed two cyclists in Cooper City Sunday morning were ordered held without bond during their first appearance in court Monday.

    Obrian Oakley, 26, and Sadik Baxter, 25, made separate appearances in court Monday before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley

    Obrian Oakley in Bond Court

    [MI] Obrian Oakley in Bond Court
    Obrian Oakley appears before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley as he's charged with felony murder in the deaths of two cyclists in Cooper City. (Published Monday, Aug 6, 2012)

    Oakley, who is charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of failing to give or render aid, burglary, petty theft, failing to stop at a crash scene involving injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to property, was ordered held without bond.

    Baxter, who is charged with burglary and petty theft, was ordered held without bond on a probation violation.

    The Broward Sheriff's Office said the pair had been gambling at the Hard Rock casino Saturday night before they decided to go to Cooper City to burglarize cars and homes.

    They were able to break into five cars in the Rock Creek neighborhood before a resident who was coming home from dropping someone at the airport spotted Baxter in a driveway and started taking their photos, authorities said.

    When authorities responded to the 3700 block of Beach Way around 7 a.m., Baxter was arrested but Oakley fled in his girlfriend's silver Infinity, the BSO said.

    Oakley drove around Rock Creek and the Infinity was struck by a Toyota Corolla when he ran a red light at Sheridan Street and Palm Avenue, the BSO said. The Infinity then struck two bicyclists who were out on a Sunday morning ride, the BSO said.

    The cyclists, identified as 60-year-old Dean Amelkin and 61-year-old Christopher McConnell, were killed at the scene, authorities said. The people in the Corolla suffered non-life threatening injuries.

    According to an arrest report read by Hurley during Monday's hearing, Oakley was driving over 100 mph at one point in an effort to get away from police.

    Oakley fled the scene on foot and tried to hide in a nearby apartment building but gave himself up when K-9 officers were released, Hurley said.

    According to prosecutors, Sadik has been on probation for grand theft since March. He has several arrests on his record dating back to 2003 including armed robbery, carjacking, grand theft, burglary and resisting arrest.

    In court Monday, when asked if he has a job, Sadik told Hurley he's been unable to work and is disabled after he was shot in the back in a club.

    Oakley also has a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2005 which includes arrests for marijuana possession, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

    It was unknown if Sadik or Oakley has attorneys.


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