Nothing can replace a child, mother says after guilty verdict

Marva Bradford
Marva Bradford

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  Sunday's guilty verdict for Devin Jefferson made for an emotional Mother's Day for the mother of Jefferson's victim, Taylor Bradford.

With roses in hand, Marva Bradford walked out of the courtroom on Mother's Day moments after a jury convicted Devin Jefferson for the shooting death of her son.

"I remember my very first Mother's Day with Taylor," she said. "My mom had said there's something special about being a mother, and she told me I would realize it one day."

Jefferson was sentenced to life in prison.  He was held responsible for setting up the robbery that led to Taylor Bradford's murder.

"No one can ever replace Taylor," Marva Bradford said.

After the verdict was announced, defense attorneys say Devin Jefferson's conviction will be appealed.  

"Devin's mother will be here to see him," Marva Bradford said. "I will never get to see Taylor again."

Marva Bradford said that's why she and her family will continue to seek justice.

"Mothers, keep your children close and dear to your heart," she said. "Nothing can ever replace a lost child."

While the tragedy remains a constant memory, Bradford plans to be back in court in the near future when the other three men charged with Taylor's murder go on trial.

"Taylor will always be in our heart," she said. "He was a very special young man."

Defense attorneys said a motion to appeal will be heard on May 28, 2010.  Meanwhile, Victor Trezevant, who prosecutors say pulled the trigger, is set to go on trial December 6, 2010.

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