TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A woman accused in the slaying of Brevard Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill was in court Friday afternoon for the second part of a hearing asking a judge to set a reasonable bond in her case, according to Local 6 news partner Florida Today.
Andria Kerchner, 20, is accused of felony murder, robbery and other charges in the March 6 shooting. Pill was shot during a traffic stop off John Rodes Boulevard in Melbourne and two people inside the car were arrested after a chase.
The bond hearing is expected to continue for several hours. Prosecutors are now playing audio recordings of police interviews of witnesses who saw a robbery that led up to the shooting. Police said Kerchner and Bradley stole bed spreads and other items from a Melbourne hotel and then hit a man with their SUV as they tried to flee.
Steve Pill, the deputy's widower, is sitting in the front row of the courtroom, wearing a black shirt with a shield on the back in memory of his slain wife.
Police said Kerchner was a passenger in the vehicle and her boyfriend, Brandon Bradley, 22, was the driver. Police say Bradley shot Pill -- who stopped the car in connection with the robbery -- five times.
Michael Bross, Kerchner's attorney, has asked Judge Morgan Reinman to set a reasonable bond in the case, saying his client did not directly cause the deputy's death and did not hand Bradley the gun used in the murder.
Kerchner is now being held in jail without bond. Her mother, father and sister are also in court.
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