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June trial set for killing outside Ale House in Fort Myers

May 8, 2013
Henry Brunson
Kanasha Isaac


A June trial date has been set for a Fort Myers resident accused of killing an Immokalee 16-year-old outside the Fort Myers Ale House.

Henry Brunson, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of sophomore Kanasha Isaac and appeared Wednesday before Judge Margaret Steinbeck.

She set the trial for the week of June 17 or the week after.

Brunson nodded at his nearly three rows of supporters, mostly young men, as a deputy escorted him from the courtroom. Isaac’s mother, Nicole Yslas, was also in the courtroom and was accompanied by a victim’s advocate. Brunson remains in jail.

Yslas, 32, did not respond to requests for comment.

In an earlier interview with The News-Press, Yslas said her daughter was a “very, very bright girl” who wanted to be a pediatrician.

Early reports after Kanasha’s death stated the teen was pregnant, but Yslas said that wasn’t true.

Kanasha was kept on life support in order for her organs to be donated. “That’s one thing that I can still hold in my heart,” she said.

Her kidneys, liver and lungs helped four adults. Her corneas were given to two teens.

Fort Myers police haven’t released a motive. Police reported that Isaac and a friend got into a car after eating at the Ale House restaurant, near Colonial Boulevard and Metro Parkway, when a car pulled up, blocking them. Then, they said, Brunson, armed with a handgun, shot at the car from the passenger-side window, hitting Isaac in the face.

Brunson was arrested the next day.

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