Suspected Murderer's Daughter Reacts to Charges

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Hands and feet shackled, murder suspect Bryan Castleman made his first appearance by television Tuesday before Bay County Judge Shane Vann.

"Mr. Castleman you're charged with two open counts of homicide. Do you understand those charges?" asked Judge Vann.

"No sir. Yes sir," answered Castleman.

"Mr. Castleman you're held without bond until you're next court date," said Vann.

While Castleman was quiet and showed no emotion, his daughter Briana Castleman, 20 years old, broke down when she heard the charges.

"What were those tears?" NewsChannel 7's Bryan Anderson asked Briana Castleman.

"I don't know. I'm still in such shock," answered Castleman.

Shocked but sadly Castleman said she wasn't entirely surprised.

"Did you ever think that your dad could be capable of doing what he's alleged of doing?" asked Anderson.

"Possibly," said Castleman.

She went on to say most of her childhood memories of her father were filled with abuse.

"It was pretty rocky. We haven't been close for a while now. He emotionally, he said what he wanted to say no matter whose feelings it hurt, but he was never physical," said Castleman.

Castleman claimed her father's emotional abuse even led to her mother divorcing him. She said murder victim Mary Ann Castleman was his third wife. According to Briana Castleman, they've been married since August.

"Did you have any idea how things were going?" Anderson asked.

"I didn't. I didn't really talk to her, but she was so sweet," said Castleman.

Castleman said she didn't know the other victim, Mary Ann's father Leroy Minnich, but she said words couldn't describe her sorrow for their families' losses.

"I wish there was some way to take back what he did. He has ruined Mary Ann and Leroy's families' lives now," Castleman told Anderson.

"What do you think should happen to your father?" asked Anderson.

"Life in prison," answered Castleman.

Bryan Castleman refused NewsChannel 7's request for an interview Tuesday. His case will most likely go to a grand jury for indictment.

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