Jury weighs case in informant's death

Dec. 16, 2009 at 1:58 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A jury began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with killing a young Florida woman who had agreed to be a police informant.

Deneilo Bradshaw, 24, could receive a death sentence if he is convicted, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Rachel Hoffman, who grew up in Clearwater, Fla., and was a recent graduate of Florida State University, was shot and killed last year after she agreed to cooperate with Tallahassee Police in a drug sting after being arrested on drug charges. Detectives gave her $13,000 and had her wear a wire for a meeting with two suspected drug dealers but lost her before the arranged meeting.

Investigators say Bradshaw and his brother-in-law, Andrea Green, never intended a drug deal but wanted to rob and kill Hoffman. Her body was found two days later.

"They left her rotting on the side of the road like a piece of garbage," prosecutor Georgia Cappleman told jurors.

Green is scheduled for trial on the same charges as Bradshaw.

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