NEW: Man denied bond in New Year’s Eve double homicide in Boynton Beach


A 26-year-old man charged with killing two men in a Boynton Beach neighborhood on New Year’s Eve was denied bond Monday morning by a Palm Beach County Court judge.

Joseph Bruny Jr. was arrested Sunday by the Boynton Beach Police Department and faces two charges of first degree murder with a firearm and a charge of armed robbery with a firearm.

RELATED: Man arrested in Boynton Beach New Year’s Eve double homicide

Bruny’s family was at the courthouse but declined to speak with The Palm Beach Post.

The victims remain unidentified, with police identifying them only as two males.

RELATED: Killings across West Palm, county rose in 2017

Bruny told detectives that he sells marijuana and the two males were his clients. Bruny said he didn’t know their real names, but said they were brothers.

About a month ago, Bruny said he “fronted” the brothers approximately a quarter-pound of marijuana, which is valued at about $700, according to the police report.

After the brothers reportedly failed to pay Bruny, he went to the house at Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest Second Street in the Boynton Hills neighborhood off West Boynton Beach Boulevard to confront them, the police report said.

Bruny told police he could tell the younger brother had a gun in his pocket, so Bruny drew his gun from his waistband. After taking a handgun and wallet from the younger brother’s pocket, Bruny allegedly pushed the man up against a wall.

According to the report, Bruny said the younger brother told the older brother to “shoot him.” Then the older brother reportedly pulled a sub machine gun from inside his sweatshirt. Bruny then started to shoot at the men, according to the police report.

Detectives said that there were multiple wounds to each of the men and it appeared as though all the shots were entered from the backside of them.

Despite the fact that the double shooting took place at 1:30 in the afternoon, several people living immediately next to the house said they had heard and saw nothing.

Witnesses inside the house, one of which called 911, said they heard the confrontation from inside. They said they heard Bruny yelling at the men about something to do with money, according to the police report.

After Boynton Beach police cordoned off the home and as word of the shooting spread, dozens of neighbors began lining up at the yellow police tape barring people from entering the area. Cars bearing onlookers began lining the streets.

At least some knew who the victims were: A short way from the house, a distraught young man repeatedly punched his car and a woman warned people to stay away. “We are grieving,” she said.

Crime scene technicians and the Medical Examiner arrived by 3 p.m., joining more than half a dozen uniformed police officers. Technicians spent most of their time outside the house on the carport, which was hidden from public view with draped sheets and plywood.

The dead are the 99th and 100th murder victims in Palm Beach County in 2017, according to a Palm Beach Post database. Eleven of the killings took place inside Boynton Beach city limits.

Palm Beach Post staff writer Pat Beall contributed to this report



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

UPDATE: Man, 51, riding bike killed by Brightline train in Boynton
UPDATE: Man, 51, riding bike killed by Brightline train in Boynton

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Boynton Beach police say Jeffrey King was headed westbound on Ocean Avenue when he pedaled the bicycle around the gates near the Florida East Coast Railway crossing at Ocean Avenue about 4:30 p.m. He was struck and killed by a northbound Brightline train. City officials told Casello the man “wasn’t even looking just...
Boynton Police investigating string of shootings that may be connected
Boynton Police investigating string of shootings that may be connected

Simon Pierre’s three daughters thought the noises were fireworks. But then a bullet hit one of the front windows. “Get down!” Pierre’s wife, Marlene Guerrier, screamed Tuesday night. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter was doing back flips on the black L-shaped couch beside the window and if she hadn’t moved, she would...
UPDATE: Police say man pedaled around closed train gates before death
UPDATE: Police say man pedaled around closed train gates before death

A Brightline train struck and killed a bicyclist on Wednesday afternoon, marking the second fatal accident involving the highly-anticipated passenger service in less than a week — both in Boynton Beach. In the hours after Wednesday’s accident, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, called on federal transportation officials to investigate the deaths...
PBC school board reassigns students of soon-to-close Odyssey Middle

The Palm Beach County School Board gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to reassign 1,900 Odyssey Middle students to new schools when the school closes this summer. The reassignment plan for the closing Boynton Beach school was approved unanimously without debate, the final procedural step in what will be the first closure of a traditional county...
Lake Worth man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 stabbing death
Lake Worth man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 stabbing death

A 26-year-old Lake Worth man faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next month in the stabbing death of a man he said he killed in self-defense. Jurors on Friday ended Deivis Costa’s second degree murder trial by convicting him of a lesser manslaughter charge in connection with his Sept. 5, 2015 deadly altercation with 25-year-old...
More Stories