Juror describes Brandon Bradley murder trial
At first, eight out of 12 jurors voted Brandon Bradley should die. According to Juror 107 — who spoke with Local 6 News partner Florida Today but wasn't identified by name — an initial vote Tuesday afternoon showed one juror was unsure and three jurors were in favor of life without parole.
So they went over the circumstances of the crime — the "aggravating circumstances" that would justify a death penalty and the "mitigating circumstances" that would suggest life in prison is more appropriate. They went outside for a few minutes of fresh air, went back inside and made their final decisions.
Juror 107 said they then took a secret vote. Each juror selected the penalty they supported by writing either "life" or "death" on a sheet of paper before passing it to the foreperson. They delivered a 10-2 vote in favor of the death penalty.
Bradley was convicted last week of killing Deputy Barbara Pill during a traffic story following a hotel robbery in 2012. It took jurors about three hours to deliver a recommendation for the death penalty, which was about twice as long as it took them to find Bradley guilty of four crimes including first-degree premeditated murder.
Juror 107 said all 12 jurors were in agreement about Bradley's guilt during the initial vote. They spent time going around the table, having each juror explain how they came to their conclusion.
He said the video of Pill's death was overwhelming for all of them.
"He shot her in a way that was indescribable," Juror 107 said. "He gunned her down; she didn't have a chance."
The decision to recommend a death penalty was more difficult for them than deciding on guilt.
"I think it would be for anybody," Juror 107 said.
After the recommendation, Juror 107 and two others went to World of Beer to finally talk openly about the case. Previously, they weren't allowed to.
Juror 107 said the group was not impressed with the testimony of Jacquelyn Olander, a neuropsychologist who said Bradley had a low IQ score and is easily manipulated. Juror 107 said she seemed to fight with the prosecutor.
"It seemed like she was going around the question," he said.
One detail from the video stood out to Juror 107 — he said Bradley used his turn signal as Pill followed him before pulling him over. For Juror 107, that stood out as an indicator that Bradley wasn't so intoxicated.
The video of Pill's shooting hasn't been made public, but Juror 107 said Pill approached the car and was shot as she reached inside.
"I saw this innocent police officer gunned down like she was nothing," Juror 107 said. "I saw the calculated way he did it — it seemed like he drew her in."
Juror 107 said during jury selection he retired after working more than 40 years as a general foreman for Con Edison in New York. Florida Today previously reported that he agreed with the Casey Anthony verdict, but he said Wednesday that he didn't. He raised four children in New York and has five grandchildren. He told the court he considers himself a trustworthy and honest person. He sees two sides to every story.
"Never thought in a million years I would ever be chosen to go on trial and not only find them guilty but, as far as I know, put them to death."
He said he voted for the death penalty.
"I hope it sends a message out to everybody out there that you can't go around killing the police."