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Ex-boyfriend meticulously planned killing of Rikers Island guard, Brooklyn jury hears on first day of murder trial


A New Jersey man carefully planned the cold-blooded killing of a city correction officer — tracking her every movement for three days until pulling the trigger, a jury heard Thursday.

Keon Richmond, 37, allegedly stalked his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Alastasia Bryan for three days with a tracking device before murdering her the night of Dec. 4, 2016 outside her mother’s Canarsie home, prosecutors said during opening arguments at Brooklyn Supreme Court.

“Unbeknownst to her, as she was just going about her ordinary tasks, everything that she was doing was being followed — was being monitored, was being tracked,” Assistant District Attorney Olatokunbo Olaniyan said.

Olaniyan said in events captured on CCTV, a scorned Richmond — irate over Bryan having apparently lost a BMW he leased under her name — lay in wait to shoot down the young correction officer moments after she left home to head to her night shift on Rikers.

“I’m not talking about once or twice, not even three times,” the prosecutor said. “You’re going to hear that he fired again and again and again. Until he was good and sure that Alastasia Bryan was gone.”

The man’s attorney Gregory Watts said “nothing” ties Richmond to the crime, arguing that his license plates nor his face are discernible on the CCTV footage.

Ingrid Bryan, the victim’s mother, was the first witness to take the stand. She told the court of the surreal moment she learned her daughter was dead.

“She was going to work,” Bryan said. “I heard a gunshot when she left — like five minutes, seven minutes after. Pow, pow, pow. I ran to the window, my son said, ‘Move from the window.’ I was very curious.

“I texted her after hearing the gunshot. I said, ‘Stacey, did you hear the gunshot?’ No response. I said, ‘Call me. Text me.’ I started screaming, ‘She’s dead.’ Because the EMS was out there already.”

Richmond faces up to life in prison if convicted. The trial continues Monday.