Bradley murder trial focuses on Econo Lodge robbery
VIERA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Wednesday marked the second day in the murder trial of Brandon Bradley, the man accused of gunning down Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill during a traffic stop in March of 2012.
Econo Lodge staff member Andrew Jordan claimed that he saw Bradley and his ex-girlfriend with stolen hotel furniture and bedding inside their white SUV and yelled at them to stop.
Jordan said Bradley was behind the wheel. He said that, instead of stopping, Bradley gave him a blank stare and then clipped him with the SUV in order to getaway.
"He started moving. I threw my hands on the hood and threw myself sideways," said Jordan. "I feared for my life. I didn't know what he was going to do."
The court also took testimony from several hotel housekeepers and a guest. The state used them to establish Bradley's alleged criminal activity and intent leading up to the shooting and killing Deputy Pill. Under cross examination, the defense used the hotel witnesses in an attempt to paint Bradley as being under the influence of drugs.
"It was pretty clear to you that Mr. Bradley was high," defense attorney Michael Pirolo asked housekeeper Vanessa McNerney. "Yes," she replied. "He was giving you a blank stare," Pirolo continued. "Totally, it was like I wasn't even there," said McNerney.
Court was recessed early due to a medical condition with one of the jurors. Proceedings are expected to resume on Thursday morning.