For Immediate Release - June 18, 2010

Two Beverly Men Plead Not Guilty To Murder

Eric Roberts, 33, and Michael Bryson, 49, of Beverly, who are both homeless, pleaded not guilty today in Salem District Court to the murder of another Beverly homeless man, 56-year-old Bradley Killam.

Judge Robert Brennan ordered the defendants held without bail and continued their cases until July 12 for a probable cause hearing.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Colleen Cashman told the court that a person went to the Beverly Police Department at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday, and reported a possible homicide at 45 Broadway. Police and emergency personnel responded and found the beaten victim. They performed CPR on Killam and transported him to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6 p.m.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is expected to be conducted today at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

Bryson is represented by Attorney Ronald Ranta. Attorney Neil Hourihan represented Roberts at today's arraignment, but he will be represented at future court proceedings by Attorney James Coviello.

The case is being investigated by Beverly Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.