Hartford man charged with hiring hit man to kill girlfriend who would not abort

By Dave Andrusko

Carlton "CJ" Bryan, left, and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis

Carlton “CJ” Bryan, left, and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis

Shamari Jenkins had planned to name her unborn child Ja’seon Carlton. Although she did not want to have a child by her boyfriend, Carlton “CJ” Bryan and had initially agreed to an abortion, she changed her mind.

That decision cost the 20-year-old woman her life and that of her four-month unborn child, authorities said in Hartfort Superior Court last Friday. Ms. Jenkins was shot in the chest April 29 by Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, a hit man hired by Bryan, as Jenkins sat behind the wheel of her Honda Accord, in Hartford, Connecticut’s North End, the Hartford Courant reported. Next to her sat Bryan.

According to the warrant, Hall-Davis also told police that Bryan “wanted to stay with … his other girlfriend.”

Calling the crime “egregious” prosecutor Cathryn J. Krinitsky told Judge Joan Alexander “that Bryan asked a friend to shoot his girlfriend because ‘the girlfriend has previously decided to have an abortion but decided not to,’” the Courant’s Christine Dempsey reported. The bail for both men was set at $2.5 million.

Bryan more than “asked” Hall-Davis to murder Jenkins. He “begged” Hall-Davis to shoot Jenkins, according to the warrant for Bryan’s arrest.

The plot was to pretend that someone unknown had killed Jenkins. The cover story would be a third party would be watching the shooting from the window of a house on Magnolia Street “and tell police an unknown person ran from the scene,” according to Dempsey.


Police were suspicious when Bryan lied twice about the circumstances of Ms. Jenkins’ death. Police did not get a break in the case for almost a month when on May 20, “the friend assigned to be the lookout told police that Bryan wanted to kill his girlfriend,” Dempsey reported.

“A week later, after jewelry store robberies in West Hartford and Manchester, Manchester police told detectives they had information about Jenkins’ death from one of the two men they had arrested, Kingsley Minto and Hall-Davis,” according to Dempsey. “Kingsley Minto said he drove Hall-Davis to Henry Park in Vernon, where Hall-Davis lives, to hide the gun.”

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