Men convicted of 2010 beating death in trouble again


by Sherrell Hubbard

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 5:47 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Four men convicted in connection with the beating death of 26-year-old Bryan Stevenson at Barbara Lee's Kitchen in 2010 are in trouble with the law again.

All four have been charged with more crimes since their convictions on reduced charges.

One man, David Pryor, is still on probation from the Stevenson case and has recently been charged with burglary.

This time, Pryor is facing a receiving stolen property charge.  It stems from an incident in early April.  According to court documents, Pryor broke into houses and stole valuables before taking them to local pawn shops, which would be a violation of his probation.

Bob Stevenson is the father of the victim who was killed four years ago.

"It's just one ugly mess,” Bob Stevenson said. “Justice?  We shouldn't use that word in the commonwealth of Kentucky because there isn't any." 

He said his son Bryan Stevenson was a softball player visiting Louisville for a tournament and the four years since have been the worst of his life. 

"Just get them off the street,” Bob Stevenson said. “They don't need to be out in public because all they do is sell drugs to kids, make a living and cause trouble."

One homeowner, whose house was broken into, allegedly by Pryor, said he felt violated. 

"How many more people have to get burglarized or killed before he makes a change?” he said. 

He lost hundreds of dollars worth of items including a flat screen TV, multiple electronics items, jewelry, cash and business documents.

The other men who pleaded down to assault in the death of Bryan Stevenson have had some run-ins with the law as well.  Donald Hays for drug possession and Justin Werner for trafficking 32 strips of ecstasy, 11 bags of marijuana, and 33 capsules of heroin in last June. 

The homeowner said he believes in second chances but would like people not to take them for granted. 

"When you just constantly use that chance over and over and over again especially for a crime where someone's life was taken, it just doesn't make any sense to me," the homeowner said.