Father of murdered U of M football player speaks as jury gets case

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - "It's hard, it's hard on me," said Jimmie Bradford after court recessed in the murder trial of Victor Trezevant.

Trezevant is one of four defendants charged with killing Bradford's son, Taylor, during a botched robbery in 2007.

"My son is dead because of these guys," said Jimmie Bradford.  "Had his whole life ahead of him," he added.

Two co-defendants testified this week that Trezevant was the one who shot Bradford.  The University of Memphis football player had just won more than $7,000 at a Tunica casino.

"This is what he wanted to happen," argued prosecutor Reggie Henderson.  "He wanted that money and didn't care about anything else but getting that money."

While prosecutors argued all four suspects were equally culpable in the crime, Trezevant's attorney said his client was guilty of robbery only.

"Between Jefferson, Washington, and Tate," said Bill Massey, "all of their statements changed.  Victor Trezevant's never did."

Trezevant faces life in prison if convicted.  The two remaining defendants may then choose to go to trial.

"If they do, I'm going to be here," said Jimmie Bradford.  "I said that from the beginning.  I'm going to be here every time."

Jury deliberations are set to begin Saturday morning at 8:30.

Stay with Action News 5 for information on any possible verdict.

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