No bail for North Providence murder suspect

Davon Silva (left) and Ernest Keosouphanh (right)
Davon Silva (left) and Ernest Keosouphanh (right)

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A teen charged in connection with a double shooting in North Providence has been denied bail for a second time.

Ernest “E.J.” Keosouphanh, 19, was arraigned in Providence Superior Court Tuesday on one count of murder, two counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, one count of altering the identification mark on a firearm, and one count of conspiracy.

Keosouphanh is accused of shooting and killing 46-year-old Hernan Avila outside of Sam’s Food Stores in May. Keosouphanh then shot Avila’s 23-year-old son Hernan Avila III, police said. He was injured but survived.

Hernan Avila, Jr. was killed and his son, Hernan Avila III, injured in a shooting outside a North Providence convenience store.
Hernan Avila, Jr. was killed and his son, Hernan Avila III, injured in a shooting outside a North Providence convenience store.

Keosouphanh has been held without bail since his May 17 arraignment. Bail was also denied this summer following a 3-day bail hearing.

Another suspect in the case, Davon Silva, was also arraigned Tuesday on one count of conspiracy to commit felony assault. The judge ordered him held on #25,000 bail with surety.

Three other suspects, Brandyn Pavao, Nicholas Armenti, and Dante Neves have already pleaded guilty to their role in the case and are awaiting sentencing on conspiracy charges.