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Former Cyclones Star Charged With Murder

Bryant Daniels, 27, of Rockville Centre, led South Side to a Nassau County football Championship in 2001.

A former star running back for who led the Cyclones to its last Nassau County football championship in 2001 was arrested on Thursday in connection to a in Hempstead last November.

Bryant Daniels, 27, of Rockville Centre, was charged with second-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a 40-year-old man during a botched robbery outside of a Hempstead home on Nov. 4.

James Rutledge, 20, of Rockville Centre, and Ramona Butler, 23, of Hempstead, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the same case last year.

According to Nassau County Homicide Detectives, on Nov. 4, Melvin Wells, 40, was found fatally shot on the sidewalk in front of 133 Linden Ave. in Hempstead at 8:35 p.m.

Officials said Butler setup an unknown man, and Rutledge and Daniels robbed the victim. Wells witnessed the robbery and fired his own gun at the suspects, who in turn fired back and killed him.

Daniels was a star running back for the Cyclones from 1999-2001, leading South Side to a Nassau County championship in 2001 with one of, if not the greatest single-game performance in South Side football history. Daniels rushed for 397 yards and four touchdowns against heavy-favorite Lawrence in a 54-24 win, capturing South Side's first Nassau County title since 1979.

Daniels finished his career with 3,710 yards, eighth most in Nassau County football history.

Daniels was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

Ted David October 22, 2011 at 05:49 AM
Arraignment details such as bail, if any, and how much, would be appreciated.
Dave Kloven October 22, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I wonder where Mr Daniels lives? The fact he got arrested a year after the murder makes me think some of the people recently arrested may have assisted the poe-poe .. keep up the good work
Anthony Bottan (Editor) October 22, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Ted, those details were not provided by the NC PD.
Ted David October 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM
First District Court or the DAs office will have it.
That RVC guy October 24, 2011 at 01:34 PM
You can lead a horse to water...... How many city kids would love to have had the educational opportunities this guy had.
That RVC guy October 24, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Ted, FYI..Daniels was remanded and the case continued until 10/25 when he will be produced again. No bail as of yet. -
Ted David October 25, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Remanded till Oct 25. Great. Thanks.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Please refrain from using inappropriate language. Thanks.
Frank October 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Looks like it's going to be a record-breaking year for major crime from the OMC! Bryant Daniels from 16C Meehan Lane and James Rutledge of 21B Old Mill Court. BTW, the addresses are straight from the LI Herald article: http://www.liherald.com/stories/Rockville-Centre-man-charged-with-murder,36496 UNACCEPTABLE! The rest of this village should not be dragged through hell because a handful of "have-nots" cannot live within the constraints of normal society. @ Mayor Murray and the administration: And you wonder why 99% of this village wishes that sliver of town would just disappear! IMO this administration and the prior one are not addressing the problem. You're not doing enough period! It's sickening at how this village is so vehement on enforcing ordinances, parking tickets, and permits, but crime, worthy enough for print, percolates from the OMC into the neighboring areas without the slightest "slap on the wrist". Get your priorities straight!
Dave Kloven October 28, 2011 at 02:39 PM
It's sickening at how this village is so vehement on enforcing ordinances, parking tickets, and permits, but crime, worthy enough for print, percolates from the OMC into the neighboring areas without the slightest "slap on the wrist". Frank, although I agree with you sometimes, it seems to me that OMC has caught a little more than a "slap on the wrist" this year. The FBI/RVCPD seems to have alot of arrests from that area. Being arested by the FEDS is alot different than being arrested by NYS Courts. Ask John Gotti......... Its not called a "slap on the wrist", its more like a " body slam"........... The Mayor should be pressing the FEDS to continue ripping out the gangs,drugs and violence. If he is behind this movement, he should be praised.
Concerned October 30, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Dave, I agree with you. Good points! Frank, give credit where credit is due. Read about all the arrests the police are making. I called them a couple months back for someone breaking into my neighbor's car. They were there in under 2 minutes and had the guy under arrest.
Frank March 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
OMC is a dump. time to take a bulldozer to the whole complex.

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