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Bradshaw Trail Closing Arguments

December 15th, 2009 by flanews

Twelve jurors are filing through evidence trying to decide whether to charge a Tallahassee man with the murder of confidential informant. Deneilo Bradshaw faces first degree murder for the 2008 shooting of Tallahassee Police Informant Rachel Hoffman. As Whitney Ray tells us, if Bradshaw is found guilty he could be executed.

With a life on the line and grieving parents on both sides of the isle, prosecutors began to state their case.

She trusted the police to protect her and they failed her and she trusted this defendant not to execute her and dump her body in a ditch, but that is what he did, said deputy prosecutor Georgia Cappleman.

Confidential Police informant Rachel Hoffman was shot and killed in May of 2008 during a botched drug sting. Deneilo Bradshaw and his Brother-in-law Andrea Green were arrested for the shooting.

In the courtroom the two defendants are hoping the jury will believe the other guy bulled the trigger. Bradshaws attorneys say Green threatened to kill their client if he didnt play ball.

This young man had to make a decision while he was staring down a gun thats just been fired, apparently without remorse, said defense attorney Clyde Taylor.

Prosecutors arent buying it and say Bradshaw is still guilty even if he didnt shoot Rachel.

It just doesnt matter, because under the law both the defendant and Andrea Green were equally responsible for her murder, said prosecutor Frank Allman.

While the prosecution and the defense argued their cases, both agree Rachel would still be alive if police hadnt made mistakes. If the jury finds Bradshaw guilty of first degree murder the court will hold a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning. If at least seven of the 12 jurors vote for the death penalty after that hearing, Bradshaw would face execution.

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