A judge denied bond for a couple facing first-degree murder charges for the
shooting death of Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill.
Brandon Bradley, 23, and Andria Kerchner, 19, appeared in court on Wednesday.
"You guys didn't like um- I didn't shoot the gun, nor am I going to hop out of
a car that's going 100," said Kerchner.
Kerchner was cut off by a public defender as she tried to proclaim her
innocence inside a jail courtroom on Wednesday.
Clothed in a suicide prevention gown, Kerchner appeared oblivious to the
gravidity of the murder charges she now faces, complaining about her outfit.
"When can I put like regular clothes on, like the rest of the inmates, 'cause
I'm freezing," Kerchner said.
Her boyfriend, Bradley, is also accused of murdering 52-year-old Pill.
Pill, 52, was gunned down after she pulled them over to investigate a report of
stolen furniture from an Econo Lodge in Melbourne.
911 calls from neighbors described the incident.
"Oh my God, somebody just shot this cop in my...in front of my house!" said the
"He did what?" replied the dispatcher.
"Somebody just shot this cop!" the caller said.
Within moments, police said they spotted the couple's SUV and followed them.
The sheriff's helicopter caught the moment Bradley lost control of his vehicle
and crashed into a ditch.
"He's on Parkway. He's in the ditch, flipped over," a deputy in the sheriff
Police then surrounded the SUV with guns drawn. Bradley and Kerchner didn't
come out until after officers broke the windows and forced them out, police
One witness called 911 because she thought Bradley had an evil look on his
face, investigators said.
The State Attorney's Office said it intends to pursue the death penalty against
"My office is working with investigators to vigorously pursue justice for this
crime. Based upon the information already received, I will be instructing the
assigned prosecutors to pursue the death penalty against [Bradley]," said
Wolfinger in the statement."We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of
Brevard Deputy Sheriff Barbara Pill and to the staff of the Brevard County
Sheriff's Office. The people of Brevard have lost one of their finest
protectors and we mourn that loss."
WFTV spoke with Bradley's mother and step-grandfather, Benjamin Home.
While they could not explain Bradley's behavior, they said his actions were
wrong. But his mother said police and the county jail are also to blame.
Bradley's mother Tiffany said if law enforcement had done their jobs, her son
would've been behind bars since September.
"If the police would have done their jobs, none of this would have happened,"
Tiffany said when Bradley lied about who he was when he was arrested in
September, Melbourne police and the Brevard County jail, should have known he
lied and should not have allowed him to be released.
Bradley told police that he was his brother Keith Nelson.
Bradley was able to get a lower bond and be released from the jail, because his
brother did not have the kind of criminal record he had.
WFTV was told Melbourne police discovered his lie after he was free, and a
warrant was issued for his arrest, but he stayed under the radar until Tuesday.
"We're hurting for everyone, for the deputy, for Brandon, everyone has lost,"
Investigators said Bradley spent two years in prison for robbery, was released
and went on probation last year. He had a number of probation violations for
trying to fake drug tests or not showing up to meet with his officer,
In September, he was caught with drugs and a loaded weapon, which as a
convicted felon, he shouldn't have had.
Tiffany and Home said he was raised well and they don't know what happened to
"I remember making breakfast for him. He had a good heart," Home said.
Bradley's mother said she hasn't talked to him since he arrived at the jail.
His family said they still love him.
Home said Bradley murdered a deputy in the course of a robbery, and he can't do
something like that without facing grave consequences.
(source: WFTV News)