4th Charged in Bradford Case Is U of M Student

Football star's enemy enlisted others for botched robbery
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 7:26 PM CDT
4th Charged in Bradford Case Is U of M Student
The casket of Taylor Bradford is taken from the church at the end of his funeral service in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Bradford, 21, a defensive lineman on the University of Memphis football team, was shot Sunday, Sept. 30, near his apartment complex in Memphis, Tenn. Moments later,...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A Memphis student plotted the theft that led to Tigers defensive lineman Taylor Bradford being shot and killed, police say. The student, Devin Jefferson, 21, was charged late yesterday, confirming a hunch that the three muggers had a tip-off from inside the University of Memphis, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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"He was targeted because of the information that was out there," a Memphis police director said. "They believed he had some cash, or something else they wanted." Jefferson, who had a long-standing feud with Bradford, apparently planned the robbery and enlisted the three others to execute it. All four suspects are eligible for the death penalty. (Read more Taylor Bradford stories.)

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