Brevard County deputy shooting suspect to appear in court

Published On: May 03 2013 10:47:08 AM EDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 10:47:18 AM EDT

A woman accused in the killing of Deputy Barbara Pill is expected to appear in court Friday as her attorneys work to get the woman’s police interview after the shooting excluded from use in an eventual trial.

Andria Kerchner, 20, was in the passenger seat of a car when the vehicle’s driver, Brandon Bradley, 22, allegedly shot Pill during a traffic stop on March 6 in Melbourne, police say.

Kerchner’s attorney, Michael Bross, says his client was under the influence of drugs at the time and couldn’t knowingly consent to a police interview. He also says that Brevard County sheriff’s investigators “steamrolled” the interview, apparently ignoring statements Kerchner made that Bross says indicated she wanted to talk to an attorney.

Bross is asking a judge to approve an expert witness who will testify on his client’s behalf on those issues. A similar hearing was held in mid-April.

The hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. at Moore Justice Center in Viera. No trial date for either suspect has been set.


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