Defendants charged in death of Memphis football player held for grand jury - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Defendants charged in death of Memphis football player held for grand jury

Taylor Bradford Taylor Bradford

A football player shot to death on the University of Memphis campus was killed by bungling would-be robbers who hatched their plot in the dorm room of one of the four men charged in the slaying, a judge was told Tuesday.

Following a brief hearing, Judge Karen Massey ordered the four defendants held in jail to await a grand jury review.

Jimmie and Marva Bradford of Nashville, Taylor's parents, sat in the second row of the courtroom during the hearing.

Taylor Bradford, 21, was shot in September in the parking lot of his university apartment building.

Police detectives told Massey the attack was planned in the dorm room of fellow student Devin Jefferson, 20, who is identified by police as the suspected triggerman.

Tuesday, Sgt. Mundy Quinn of the Memphis Police Department testified Jefferson admitted during questioning it was his idea to rob Bradford.

"He knew Taylor had money and was always flashing it," Quinn said.

Jefferson and non-students DaeShawn Tate, 21, Victor Trezevant, 21, and Courtney Washington, 22, are charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery.   Quinn testified Jefferson told him he walked away from the plan, and the other three men went to rob Bradford.

Trezevant, meanwhile, pointed the finger at Jefferson, saying not only did Jefferson go along with them to rob Bradford, he was the one to pull the trigger.

Bradford was killed one day after winning big at a Mississippi casino just south of Memphis. He got away from his attackers after being shot once with a handgun, but crashed his car into a tree a few blocks away.  Police said they found $7,400 cash on his body.

In court, defense attorneys tried to discredit the police about their interviewing procedures, and questioned why the interviews were not recorded by audio or video.

"They killed my son," the victim's father, Jimmie Bradford of Nashville, said after the hearing. "They killed my son. My son was a student and an athlete and he had everything in front of him."

Besides sending the case to a grand jury for review, she kept bond for the defendants at $1 million each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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