BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - In a second day of testimony in the Brandon Bradley murder trial, prosecutors laid out events that would put Bradley on course for a deadly confrontation with Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Laufenberg was in the middle of sharing photos he took at the crime scene when a judge called it a day in the trial because a juror fell ill.
By then jurors already heard testimony from the Econo Lodge employees who called 911 after a theft at their West Melbourne hotel.
Andrew Jordan identified Bradley in the courtroom.
“I tried hollering at him through the windshield to just take the stuff out of the car and get out of here,” Jordon said.
Jordan said on March 6 2012 the defendant looked right at him but didn’t acknowledge him.
Then he said Bradley began driving toward him, forcing him to jump out of the way.
“I feared for my life. I didn’t know what he was going to do,” Jordan said.
Another witness said Bradley hit the building as he drove off.
During opening statements on Tuesday, prosecutors told the jury Pill didn't even have a chance to reach for her gun before Bradley shot her dead.
"Deputy Pill never had a chance to reach for her gun. She only had time to activate the emergency signal on her vest," said prosecutor Jim McMaster.
McMaster said when Pill approached Bradley and his co-defendant, Andria Kerchner, she had no idea Bradley was wanted for a violation of probation.
"She had seen his face, she saw his tag and she was about to find out that he was a wanted man. For that, she had to die," said McMaster.
Prosecutors said Bradley had no intention of going back to prison even if that meant killing an officer.
Pill was shot five times.