2 Men Indicted in Cooper City Cyclist Deaths

Obrian Oakley was indicted on 10 counts and Sadik Baxter on 7 counts

Friday, Aug 24, 2012  |  Updated 3:47 PM EDT
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Hundreds of cyclists geared up bright and early, just blocks from where 61-year old Christopher McConnell and 60-year old Dean Amelkin died one week ago.

Hundreds of cyclists geared up bright and early, just blocks from where 61-year old Christopher McConnell and 60-year old Dean Amelkin died one week ago.

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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.

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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.
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The Broward State Attorney’s Office said Friday that it secured multiple-count indictments against the defendants charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two cyclists in Cooper City earlier this month.

Obrian Oakley, 26, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday two counts of felony first-degree murder, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated fleeing and five counts of burglary, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Sadik Baxter, 25, was indicted on two counts of felony first-degree murder and five counts of burglary, prosecutors said.

The pair broke into five cars in the Rock Creek neighborhood on Aug. 5 before a resident alerted police, who responded to the 3700 block of Beach Way and arrested Baxter, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Oakley drove off in his girlfriend’s silver Infinity and ran through a red light at Sheridan Street and Palm Avenue, where the car was hit by a Toyota Corolla. The Infiniti in turn struck two bicyclists, 60-year-old Dean Amelkin of Coral Springs and 61-year-old Christopher McConnell of Cooper City, who were killed at the scene, according to the BSO.

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Oakley ran away but later gave himself up, the BSO said.

Both men are being held on no bond, Oakley at the Broward County Main Jail and Baxter at the North Broward Bureau, according to online BSO records.

Oakley is represented by public defender Brian Reidy, while Baxter’s attorney is Utpal Dighe, according to online Broward court records.

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