Young mother sought restraining order before she was killed

A week after a man gunned down his estranged girlfriend on the second floor of an apartment building in Belle Glade, a history of violence emerges from documented reports.
The information is frightening to consider: that a woman who was repeatedly the victim of violence was not able to find the help she sought, and a man seemingly unable to let her go managed time and again to find his way back to her.
The suspect, Dacoby Wooten, 25, had a long, fractured relationship with the victim, Dav-neisha Bryant, 24. He is the father of Dav-neisha’s two children. Wooten was facing charges of stalking when he reportedly decided to confront the mother of his children in a deadly incident just days before Thanksgiving.
Early signs of the couple’s doomed relationship surfaced in police reports.
In May of 2015, a concerned co-worker of Dav-neisha’s contacted police when she showed up to her work, Citi Trends in Belle Glade, with a large bruise on her left arm and another under her left eye. The anonymous woman said she was concerned about Dav-neisha’s safety.
A responding deputy reported that Dav-neisha had a noticeable, large puffed out bruise under her eye. Escorting her to the back of the store, the deputy said Dav-neisha confessed what happened to her, and it involved Wooten.
According to her, she spotted Wooten and another woman walking together in the parking lot of a Belle Glade shopping center and confronted them about it, getting into a verbal altercation. During the argument, the suspect reportedly became violent with her and attacked Dav-neisha, causing her injuries.
Initially, Dav-neisha said the injuries were from the female, but later admitted that they had come from Wooten.
Dav-neisha was apprehensive about getting Wooten into trouble.
“Dav-neisha was unwilling to go into specifics on how she sustained her injuries,” reported Deputy Steven Guido. “She completed a sworn written statement about the event but stated several times that she does not want to prosecute.”
The deputy took photos of the woman’s injuries and made contact with a domestic violence victim advisor, leaving a message with that person regarding the incident.
Wooten would be arrested on charges of domestic battery.
For most, the charge might have been enough to drive the suspect away from the victim. Unfortunately, that would not be the case, and more incidents were reported, including one out of Martin County involving the two. It would all come to a head with Dav-neisha’s death a little over one week ago.
A report of the shooting is chilling.
The victim’s mother, Sharon Bryant, said she and her daughter arrived at their apartment on Palm Glades Drive sometime after 5:30 that morning, and Dav-neisha went inside the apartment to get clothes for work while she waited in the car.
But when Dav-neisha didn’t return, her mother grew worried and went upstairs to check on her.
As she walked up and got nearer to their door, Sharon noticed that her daughter’s keys were still in the door lock. She called out for her daughter and Dav-neisha responded.
Stay out, she told her.
Sharon pushed the door open and found Wooten inside, reportedly pointing his gun at her daughter. I have nothing else to live for, Wooten reportedly cried as Sharon plead for him not to harm her daughter. After several minutes of pointing his gun at her, Wooten shot Dav-neisha at least twice. Dav-neisha fell to the floor.
Wooten then is said to have pointed the gun at Sharon.
“You’re next,” he said.
Wooten fired at Sharon, who fled down the stairs in fear. The suspect then ran away.
When Fire Rescue medics arrived, Dav-neisha was non-responsive with a gunshot wound to her back. Unable to help her, medics pronounced her deceased on the scene.
Detectives who examined the scene reported signs of forced entry to the apartment, a door jam broken inward, and a large dent on the door from being kicked in.
Wooten was arrested in Fort Pierce after a short standoff with police. He is now in jail with no bond awaiting trial in connection with the murder.
Just one month before the deadly shooting, Wooten was arrested on charges of aggravated stalking, with Dav-neisha as the victim. Wooten posted bail and was awaiting trial on the charge. In light of this, the court issued a restraining order against Wooten, naming Dav-neisha as victim.
The order was never served on Wooten.

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