3rd arrest in murder of woman found dead in Fairmount Park

Friday, June 24, 2016

FAIRMOUNT PARK -- Philadelphia police have made a third arrest in connection with the murder of a woman who was found dead in Fairmount Park.

The body of Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, Pa., was discovered around 8:15 a.m. on June 14th in the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive, near the Mann Center.

She had been handcuffed, stabbed and shot.

On Friday, police announced charges against Keith Bullock, 32, of Chester, Pa. He is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Kidnapping and Unlawful Restraint.

Two women are also charged in this case. Shintele Smith, 28, of Philadelphia, and Shavon Armstrong (aka Palliadium Smith), 39, of Wilkes Barre, Pa. are charged with Murder, Criminal Conspiracy, Kidnapping, Robbery, and related offenses.

Police say Bryant had apparently had been tortured at first with a series of stab wounds and a cloth stuffed in her mouth. She was also beaten and shot in the back of the head.

She was found face down and pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say it appears Bryant owed her assailants $800 and could not pay up. They also say it turns out the three women were friends.

"It's unbelievable that someone was killed over this," said Capt. James Clark.

At the time, police said they did not believe Bryant was killed at the Fairmount Park location where she was discovered. They believed she was murdered and then moved to the spot near the Mann Center.

Investigators also say it was clear from defense wounds on her body that Bryant fought hard to defend herself.