HAMPTON — A Newport News man charged with shooting his girlfriend in a Hampton parking lot will stand trial early next year.
Brandon Lee-Davis Berkley, 27, is charged with murder and a firearm charge in the July 5, 2013 shooting death of Brieanna Bell. Berkley's jury trial is set for Feb. 23-24 in Hampton Circuit Court, according to online court records. Berkley's trial was set for Monday but was continued because Berkley requested a new attorney a few weeks ago.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the crowded shopping center on a warm summer day. There were several people who were in the area when the shooting happened. Police officers found Bell, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso in Coliseum Crossing Shopping Center around 1 p.m.
Berkley turned himself in to police three days after the shooting. The couple had lived together in Autumn Lakes apartments in the Denbigh section of Newport News.
After shooting Bell three times, Berkley stood over her and continued shooting as she lay on the ground, a witness testified during a preliminary hearing last year in Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
"She pushed him off her," Dwuane Darden testified. "She opened the door to get out — that's when I heard two shots."
Darden said Bell got out of the car and limped about 5 feet.
"He got out the passenger side and shot her again and she fell," Darden said. "He walked up to her and shot her like four more times."
An argument about something Bell posted on the social media site Facebook occurred before the shooting, according to court testimony. What Bell posted on Facebook was not disclosed at the preliminary hearing.
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