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Police arrest son of Bradenton man slain during football practice

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Brenton Coleman, Jr. Brenton Coleman, Jr.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

The son of a Bradenton murder victim is now in trouble with the law.

Last week, we told you about the murder of Brenton Coleman.

He was gunned down near a youth football practice on August first.

His son was arrested on Wednesday.

21-year-old Brenton Coleman, Jr. stood alone in the Manatee County jail, hoping the judge would issue him a bond.

Coleman's troubles began along 10th Avenue East early Wednesday morning. Officers say he was caught riding around in a stolen car with two assault rifles in the back.

Once arrested, he was booked on numerous charges, and on Thursday the judge issued no bond.

But that didn't sit too well with Coleman. Coleman said to the judge, "I need a bond, ma'am. I'm trying to go to my dad's funeral."

The judge responded, "That is not happening today. You are not going to have a bond on those charges. If I had anything to say about it, you wouldn't have bonds on those charges all along."

His father, Brenton Coleman, Sr. was murdered in front of hundreds of spectators a week ago.

Bradenton police say on the night of August 1st, the elder Coleman was at a youth football practice on 24th street E when armed men chased after him and killed him in the parking lot.

Related story: 08/01/2013 Caught in the crosshairs: parents talk about Bradenton football shooting 

Bradenton police Captain William Fowler said, "We've had very few leads and you would expect with the number of people that were out there, that there would be more people calling."

But police say right now there's no connection between the son's crime and the father's death.

Fowler said, "We don't have any evidence that indicates it would be connected but there again, we are actively investigating both cases."

And as the investigations go on, Coleman will sit in jail, likely missing his own father's funeral. There were two other men inside the stolen car Wednesday morning.

27-year-old Gerrell Houston was arrested on numerous charges and is currently being held without bond.

A third suspect is still at large.

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