New Details About Alleged Soldier Killers

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Fresh details about two men accused of murdering two Fort Carson soldiers comes out on Friday.

The accused killers are former soldier Louis Bressler and Private Bruce Bastien. But the only details released on Friday were those of only one of the victims who was killed at Bank of the Broadmoor.

It was 6 months ago that 23 year old Robert James was found dead in the parking lot of Bank of the Broadmoor. According to the arrest affidavit released on Friday, James was first robbed and then shot to death.

Only three men saw 23 year old Robert James the night he was murdered in August of 2007, his friend Adam Osborne and two strangers, former soldier Louis Bressler and Private Bruce Bastien.

According to the affidavit Osborne and James were drinking at the barracks before driving to Antique Billiards for a couple of rounds of pool and more drinking.

Osborne told police James was, "pretty drunk", and became belligerent.

So, Osborne dropped James off near his home at gate 3 at Fort Carson.

Osborne told police he didn't want to get caught driving drunk so went only as far as the gate.

He later told police he was angry at himself for not taking him all the way home.

James had been wandering the streets for only minutes when Bastien and Bressler picked him up.

The arrest report says the suspects had been drinking at Bastien's apartment. That's where they were coming from when they picked up James and headed to a 7-11 for cigarettes.

Then it was off to the Bank of the Broadmoor parking lot to rob James for drug money.

The affidavit states Bressler made James get out of the car after taking his money. James then asked if he could go. But that didn't happen. Instead, Bastien said Bressler is the one who pulled out a .38 revolver and fatally shot James at point blank once in the neck and then in the head.

The other victim was 24 year old Specialist Kevin Shields. He was found shot to death in the middle of a sidewalk in Old Colorado City. We're still waiting to hear the details of his murder.

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