Defense plans to call 4 alibis in murder case
For over a year Keywine Bradford, 17, has been held in the shooting of Mealey. The state’s biggest piece of evidence has been a written account of events Bradford provided detectives on the night he was taken into custody, which he produced in the absence of either his attorney or legal guardians.
In the statement Bradford wrote that he was at the scene of the crime, but that the shooter was Leslie Reed, who was also initially arrested and later released after he told detectives that Bradford had told him he committed the crime.
Only a few months after Reed’s release he was in a car with 18-year-old Michael McCray when at least two gunman opened fire on them. McCray was killed in the shooting.
In interrogations in the days immediately after he provided the written statement, Bradford contradicted the account saying he was intimidated by detectives into providing the statement and that he actually had not been at the scene of the crime, but at home at the time of the shooting.
Court documents list four alibis, including Bradford’s mother and aunt, who are willing to testify that he was at home the night of the shooting.
Although in his initial statement Bradford said he did not know why Reed would want to shoot Mealey, he later claimed that Mealey and Reed had a falling out over cocaine use.
Bradford’s attorney, public defender Wendy Williams, has motioned to suppress both the written statement and the interrogations from the trial.
A clinical neuropsychologist has found that Bradford does not have the cognitive ability to understand exactly what an interrogation is and that he is severely depressed. Bradford’s school records have also been requested to provide a better idea of his intellectual capacity.
However, it was Bradford himself who filed the handwritten request for a speedy trial, which was granted.
No murder weapon has been found and no eyewitness accounts, outside of Bradford’s initial statement, have placed him at the scene of the crime.
Although DNA tests were to be done on shell casings left at the murder scene and on Bradford, no test results have been entered into the case file at this time.
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