SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The man charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend on Thursday appeared before the judge.
Also in the same courtroom, a large number of friends and family of the victim, 19-year-old Tyshiana Atkins, and they were very upset.
A burst of anger from the victim’s family as the accused, 22-year-old Terrance Brown is led into court Friday afternoon.
Standing by to keep the peace, a huge contingent of 20 court officers.
And while Tyshianna Atkins family wept nearby, Brown stood impassively as the charges were read.
According to police, they responded to 60 Federal Street just after 3 p.m. Thursday.
It was there, outside, where they found Atkins shot once in the chest. She died a short time later at Baystate Medical Center.
“Within five hours, they had under arrest Terrance Brown, 22 years old of 10 Chestnut Street of Springfield. He’s under arrest for murder and other charges,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
While police refuse to say what role surveillance video played in the investigation, they did acknowledge strong cooperation with the apartment’s management company, and those buildings are peppered with cameras.
Delaney adds, “The suspect did not leave the scene. He acted like he wanted to cooperate with the police. Gave them a different name of somebody that was a suspect to try to put them off on him.”
But in court for his arraignment, Brown never said anything, as his attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf.
Outside, Atkin’s sister spoke briefly before being cut off by her mother, and as Brown was lead out of court, another outburst.
Brown is currently being held in custody without bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday, July 9th.