Suspect in Brevard deputy shooting decides to keep public defender

Brandon Bradley previous sent letters to judge about attorney

Headline Goes Here

A man accused of killing a Brevard sheriff's deputy decided to keep his public defender when asked by a judge this afternoon, as reported by Local 6 partner Florida Today.

Brandon Bradley, 22, had sent letters to Judge Morgan Reinman making claims that Chief Assistant Public Defender Randy Moore wasn't doing a good job on his case. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and if convicted could face the death penalty in the March 6 shooting of Deputy Barbara Pill, 52.

Bradley is being held in Seminole County jail because of possible conflicts in the Brevard jail. He appeared this afternoon in front of the judge in a white jail jumpsuit, his wrists in handcuffs.

Reinman first asked Bradley his name, to which Bradley replied he was "Dotson" or "Dobson." Court records show Bradley has repeatedly used false names to trick authorities.

Reinman repeatedly asked the man if he wanted to continue with his request for a new attorney.

At one point, Bradley told the court, "Y'all under the dark one. All y'all got spirits working against me."

The hearing took fewer than 10 minutes. Eventually, Bradley told the judge he would keep Moore as his attorney.

Moore said a psychological evaluation would be done on Bradley, a routine procedure in capital cases. As for the name Bradley gave the judge, Moore said he'd never heard it before.

Cases against Bradley and alleged accomplice Andria Kerchner, 20, are scheduled for docket soundings July 25.

Copyright 2012 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.