• Andria Kerchner says ex-boyfriend Brandon Bradley shot, killed Brevard County deputy


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Thursday marked an intense day of testimony in Brandon Bradley's murder trial as jurors not only saw dashcam video from the slain deputy's cruiser, but they also heard from Bradley's former girlfriend, who was in the car with him the night Deputy Barbara Pill was gunned down.

    Bradley's ex-girlfriend, Andria Kerchner, took a plea deal and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in exchange for her testimony against Bradley.

    Kerchner took the stand Thursday, telling the jury it was Bradley who shot and killed Pill on March 6, 2012.

    Bradley had fit the description of a man who was seen stealing from an Econo Lodge motel, which led to Pill pulling his vehicle over.

    Dashcam video shows Pill trying to order the driver out of his car repeatedly before the final confrontation.

    Pill's last act was to activate an emergency transmitter on her breast plate armor which broadcast a barrage of gunfire to dispatchers.

    Deputy James Troup, a 33-year veteran, wiped tears away as the video was played. He was the first officer on the scene after the shooting.

    "I pulled in and I seen her laying on the ground," Troup said.

    WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said between the video and Kerchner's testimony, it's been a strong day for the prosecution.

    "It's going to be hard, if not impossible, for the defense to overcome those two pieces of evidence," said Sheaffer.

    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 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. 

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