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Possible lead in Pata case

 

By Michael Cunningham

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted December 16 2006

 

 

A man arrested by Boston police on firearms and drug charges also is wanted for questioning in the murder investigation of University of Miami football player Bryan Pata, according to a Boston Globe report.

 

The Globe, citing an anonymous law enforcement official, said Miami-Dade police want to talk to Jerome Brody, 19. The Globe said Brody's twin sister is Jada Brody, a longtime girlfriend of Pata's, and that Miami-Dade police wished to speak to Jerome Brody because he believed Pata was mistreating his sister.

 

Pata was shot to death on Nov. 7 outside his apartment near the UM campus; Miami-Dade police have not named a suspect. Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland had no comment on the Globe report, saying only that police had no new information to release.

 

Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, referred questions about Jerome Brody's possible connection with the Pata case to Miami-Dade police.

 

"Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are cooperating with authorities in different jurisdictions" regarding Brody, Wark said.

 

On Wednesday in Boston, Jerome Brody pleaded not guilty to two charges of illegal firearm possession and one count of drug distribution. Police said they searched Brody's car after he ran a stop sign on Dec. 4 and found two handguns and 10 individually wrapped crack cocaine rocks.

 

Police said the two handguns were connected by ballistics tests to the November shooting death of Jahmol A. Norfleet in Boston. Brody is a "person of interest" in the Norfleet case, police said.

 

Wark said Brody's attorney of record is Clarence Dilday. Dilday could not be reached for comment Friday.

 

Miami-Dade police last week increased the reward for information on the Pata case from $1,000 to $21,000. Those with information on the Pata case can leave anonymous tips at 305-471-TIPS.

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