Robbery Suspect Facing Murder Charges in Cyclist Deaths - NBC 6 South Florida

Robbery Suspect Facing Murder Charges in Cyclist Deaths

Sadik Baxter facing two counts of felony murder in crash that killed two cyclists



    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)

    One of the robbery suspects arrested in connection with the hit and run crash that killed two cyclists in Cooper City earlier this month is now facing murder charges.

    Sadik Baxter, 25, appeared in court Wednesday where he was was charged with two counts of felony murder. He had previously been charged with burglary and petty theft.

    Authorities say Baxter and 26-year-old Obrian Oakley broke into five cars at the Rock Creek neighborhood on August 5 before they were spotted by a resident, who alerted police.

    When officers responded to the 3700 block of Beach Way, Baxter was arrested but Oakley fled the scene in his girlfriend's silver Infinity, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

    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. Oakley was driving over 100 mph at one point in an effort to get away from police, authorities said.

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    Oakley tried to flee the crash scene on foot but later gave himself up, the BSO said.

    Police charged Oakley 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.

    Both men are being held without bond. It's unknown whether they have attorneys.

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