BOSTON -- As Brian A. Dyer, a cab driver and parolee accused in the bloody execution-style slayings of four bowling alley employees, pleaded innocent to murder charges, the man outside the courthouse was screaming, 'You killed my brother, you killed my brother.'
Police teams arrested Brian A. Dyer, 41, on a warrant early Wednesday as he left the Somerville YMCA on his way to work. Dyer had been refused a job at the bowling alley three days before.
As a phalanx of uniformed policemen led Dyer into Brighton District Court, Stephen Cobe, the brother of two victims, stood with his fists clenched, shouting obscenities. Over and over, he screamed, 'You killed my brother.'
Dyer was identified as a former bowling alley employee on parole from Walpole Prison, who had a long criminal record. Police would not detail his past crime, but said they had the cab driver under surveillance for four days before moving in.
Police said late Wednesday they had no other suspects, although it was believed Dyer had accomplices.
Dyer entered innocent pleas in Brighton District Court on four counts of murder in the Sept. 22 beating and shooting deaths during a robbery at Sammy White's Brighton Bowl that netted $6,000 to $9,000.
The four victims were found shortly before 8 a.m. lying face down with their hands shackled behind their backs in a blood-spattered room containing the alley's pin-setting equipment. Three were dead when police arrived. The fourth died at a hospital a short time later.
The victims were brothers David Cobe, 22, and Brian Cobe, 23, both of Boston; and day manager Donald Doroni, 40, of East Weymouth, and George Haglestein, 40, of Boston.
Dyer was fired as a maintenance worker at the popular bowling alley in 1973 and had been turned down when he reapplied for work there three days before the murders, officials said.
'We would say that he knew more than one of the victims,' said Police Superintendent Anthony J. DiNatale. It was believed the men were beaten with bowling pins before being shot by the intruders in a successful effort to learn the combination.
Judge Charles J. Artisano ordered Dyer held without bail pending an Oct. 10 court appearance. Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Sullivan asked for the no-bail ruling, saying Dyer had an 'extensive' criminal record.
Police reportedly found blood-stained clothing in Dyer's room, and coins, a bullet and a gun in Dyer's car. Ballistics tests were being performed on the gun and bullet.
Dyer is 'not talking to us,' said DiNatale. 'He's availed himself of his constitutional rights as to the so-called Miranda decision.'