Suspect in Proctor Bright's 2008 death will be tried as adult

The teenager investigators say murdered a well-known, 86-year-old Ridgeland man last year will be tried as an adult, 14th Circuit Family Court Judge Peter Fuge ruled Friday.

Breon Alexandre, 16, will be charged with murder and, if convicted, face 30 years to life in prison, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said. If convicted as a juvenile, Alexandre would have been incarcerated until age 21.

The boy's name was not previously reported inThe Beaufort Gazette or The Island Packet because the newspapers do not publish the names of juvenile offenders.No trial date has been set.

Alexandre was arrested and charged in June 2008 with killing Proctor Bright, a mechanic, decorated World War II veteran and owner of the oldest, continuously operating black business in Jasper County. Alexandre was arrested in Greensboro, N.C., a week later and charged with six offenses, including murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary. He pleaded not guilty to the crimes in a hearing last year.

An autopsy revealed Bright was stabbed, hit twice with a blunt object and shot in the head.

Stone, who will try Alexandre's case, said investigators will serve arrest warrants to Alexandre, who has been held at Department of Juvenile Justice detention center in Columbia. He then will be transported to the Jasper County Detention Center to await a bond hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Steve Plexico, chief public defender, for Allendale, Hampton and Jasper counties, is representing Alexandre.