Prosecutor: Murder charge expected for Stamford man in fatal shooting of 19-year-old

Investigators survey the scene of a fatal shooting in the parking lot of RPM Raceway in Stamford, Conn. Monday, April 19, 2021. 

Investigators survey the scene of a fatal shooting in the parking lot of RPM Raceway in Stamford, Conn. Monday, April 19, 2021. 

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STAMFORD — Everett Brown hasn’t been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Stamford resident, but a state prosecutor said, during an arraignment Thursday afternoon, it is only a matter of time.

Supervisory State’s Attorney Maureen Ornousky said Brown is expected to be charged with murder for a shooting on Sunday that killed Courtney Lewis, a standout Stamford High School football player who graduated last year.

Brown was arrested Wednesday on charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit, risk of injury and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Everett Brown

Everett Brown

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Ornousky said police moved to arrest the 21-year-old Stamford resident on Wednesday based on “some concern” that he was preparing to “flee the jurisdiction.”

Brown was held overnight on $1.5 million bond for his alleged connection the shooting, which occurred around 10:45 p.m. Sunday at the parking lot of RPM Raceway on West Avenue, during a car meet-up while the business was closed.

A gun was fired during an argument, according to police, and Lewis was shot and killed. A 17-year-old and a 33-year-old were also hit and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

On Thursday, Ornousky argued that the bond should remain where set, citing the severity of the allegations.

But Brown’s attorney Bruce Koffsky argued the bond is not commensurate with the crimes his client is currently facing.

The worst charges facing Brown, as of Thursday, were Class C and E felonies and a handful of misdemeanors, Koffsky said.

“I would ask the court to set bond based on that, and not some charge that may be coming down the pipe,” Koffsky said.

Koffsky called Brown a “tried-and-true,” lifelong Stamford resident. He said his client graduated in 2017 from Westhill High School, where he was a football and track and field star. His client recently attended Norwalk Community College and intended to transfer to Georgia State University, where he planned on playing tennis.

Koffsky argued that Brown not only doesn’t have any prior criminal record, but he has good standing in the community as a longtime employee at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, where he works as a tutor and a maintenance staffer.

Representatives of the Boys and Girls Club could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

“Mr. Brown has no place to go other than to his home to take care of his case,” Koffsky said, arguing instead for a $50,000 bond.

Judge John Blawie, who presided over Thursday’s arraignment, ultimately lowered the bond to $750,000.

“I’m going to have to deal with the bond based on the allegations as they are, not as they might. Nonetheless I do feel a substantial bond is warranted,” Blawie said in the lead-up to his decision.

Despite the reduction, Brown did not post bond Thursday. He was transferred to Bridgeport Correctional Center where he will be held as he awaits his next hearing.

His case was also moved to the Part A docket, where the most serious cases are adjudicated

Brown’s next court date is scheduled for May 13.