• Defendant in Brevard Co. deputy murder case wants to hire $400-an-hour expert


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - One of the people charged in the murder of Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill is asking taxpayers to chip in even more money to pay for her defense.

    Andrea Kerchner's attorney, Michael Bross, made the request.

    Last month, Bross filed a motion to get statements Kerchner made shortly after her arrest tossed.

    Bross said Kerchner was under the influence of multiple medications when she and co-defendant Brandon Bradley were arrested on charges of murdering Pill last year.

    Pill was shot multiple times after she pulled over a vehicle in connection with a local motel theft.

    Bross said his client was unable to make knowledgeable and cohesive statements and wants an expert to testify to that.

    "We don't believe they were voluntarily, knowingly and intentionally given and we want an expert to take the stand to testify accordingly," Bross said.

    But the expert he has chosen wants $400 an hour. The accepted fee is $158 per hour.

    That $400 fee still hasn't been sorted out.

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