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Murder suspects face a judge

Four men are charged in the deadly shooting of University of Memphis football player, Taylor Bradford.

Three of those suspects are being held on bonds of one million dollars or more.

No bond has been set for the fourth, a now former U of M student who police say masterminded the attack. He's due in court Wednesday.

On Tuesday, three of suspects faced a judge.

They once attended Treadwell High School together. Now, prosecutors say they committed first degree murder together.

"The challenge now is to try to determine who did what and to make sure the individuals are held accountable under appropriate law for the parties' actions," says Attorney T. Flowers.

Flowers represents Daeshawn Tate. "This is a tragic situation, for everybody. He's very remorseful at this particular point, just for his involvement at this particular point," adds Flowers.

Police reports point to Tate as the triggerman who shot and killed Taylor Bradford during an attempted robbery that authorities say was hatched by U of M student Devin Jefferson.

When asked if his client was the shooter, Flowers would not comment.

Tate's previous record is made up of two traffic violations. Courtney Washington has priors for robbery and probation violation.

Police busted Victor Trezevant for possessing marijuana with intent to sell. Authorities believe the group was after Bradford's casino winnings.

It's a motive that led to murder and could land the men on death row. The District Attorney's office has not decided whether to pursue the death penalty for any of the suspects.

Tate, Trezevant and Washington are due back in court October 23.


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