A New Britain man today made his first court appearance, on charges of being an accomplice in events leading up to the killing of a clerk at a Meriden gas station.

Willie Breyette was in court for about a minute.

He is not accused of shooting clerk Ibraham Ghazal, but he is charged with conspiring in the robbery of the gas station, and hindering prosecution.

Outside of court, Breyette’s father Arthur Breyette said his son had no idea what was going to happen.

“He was doing a favor, giving a ride home, and the guy asked him to stop along the way, he wanted to buy some dope,” Arthur Breyette said.

“He asked my son if he would like something to drink for the ride,” Arthur Breyette said.  “My son told him a Red Bull.  Next thing he knows [the other man] goes in the store, comes out, and my son tells me [the other man] was all nervous, shaking, and upset.”

Police are still looking for Frankie Resto as a person of interest in the shooting.

The clerk was shot in the chest, after handing over cash to the robber.

Arthur Breyette said his son did not immediately go to the police after the shooting, because his son was afraid for his life.

Willie Breyette’s bond was set at $500,000.  The 25-year-old’s case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court, where he will appear July 17.


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