Key witnesses testify in Bradford murder trial

Devin Jefferson
Devin Jefferson

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Several key witnesses took the stand Thursday in the trial of the man accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of University of Memphis football player Taylor Bradford.

Testimony resumed around 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the trial of Devin Jefferson as Courtney Washington, one of four people charged with first degree murder and attempted robbery in the case, took the stand to testify.  

Washington, whose face was hidden from cameras to prevent retaliation in jail, told jurors Jefferson was the one who came up with the idea to rob Taylor Bradford.

"Devin said he knew a guy that he went to school with a large sum of money," he said.

Prosecutors claim Devin Jefferson used his girlfriend's parking pass to let three of his buddies into an on-campus U of M apartment complex to rob Bradford of $7,400. Bradford had apparently won the money at a casino.

Washington told jurors he drove the getaway car during the robbery, and was waiting in the parking lot when he heard gunfire.

"I heard one gunshot," he said. "I heard one gunshot and they started walking back to the car.  He told me I had to go.  That's when Vic said, 'Man I shot the dude.'"

Describing Jefferson's demeanor as "arrogant," Memphis Police Department Sgt. Mundy Quin described questioning Jefferson about Bradford's death.

"I said, 'Well Devin, you're going to be charged with first degree murder. He said, 'I didn't shoot him. I want to give you a statement,'" Quin said.

Sgt. Connie Justice of the Memphis Police Department later testified about an ongoing feud Jefferson had with Bradford.

"They had a physical altercation, Devin told me, in November of '06.  He said it was off campus and basically they thought that was the last of it," Justice said.

Testimony is scheduled to continue Friday.

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