Suspect in death of Bradenton woman denied bond
BRADENTON -- Dressed in a dark jail outfit during a video hookup from the Manatee County jail, Terry Braddy learned from Judge Diana L. Moreland on Monday that he would be denied bail on a charge that he fatally shot his live-in girlfriend, Linda Brown.
Brown's death early Sunday morning in the 200 block of 19th Street East has been ruled a homicide, and the eighth of the year in the city of Bradenton, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.
"i have looked at the probable cause affidavits on the case and I am ordering that the bond stay at zero," Moreland told the 47-year-old Braddy during a hearing at the Manatee County Judicial Center.
Bradenton police say Braddy shot Brown in the stomach at the residence they shared on 19th Street East and she died of her wound just before 6:25 a.m. Sunday at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
A motive has not yet been discussed by authorities.
Braddy, who stands well over 6 feet tall, spoke softly to the judge with bowed head when he finally arrived for the 15-minute hearing.
He had at first refused to appear before Moreland.
But Moreland said she wanted to make absolutely sure that Braddy was offered the chance to come before her, especially due to the gravity of the charge, which is homicide in the first degree.
"Was he offered to come to first appearance?" Moreland asked a bailiff, who replied that she was pretty sure he had been and had refused.
"This is a murder charge and I am not playing games," Moreland replied. "I want to know whom he told no to."
A few minutes later a deputy came forward and told Moreland that Braddy had changed his mind and would come before her.
"You asked and he will come," the deputy said. "They are getting him ready."
Soon after, Moreland told Braddy via TV hook-up he would not be be able to bond out of jail.
Assistant Public Defender Patrick Kane told Braddy not to discuss his case with anyone but investigators and the public defender's office.
Braddy said that he had already talked to investigators Monday morning, which Kane said he understood.
Assistant State Attorney Pamela Buha said she was pleased with the judge's decision. Before the hearing started, Buha said she would request bond be set at $1 million if there had to be a bond.
"Holding him on no bond means he will remain in custody and not be a danger to the community," Buha said.
Since the State Attorney's Office just received the paperwork on the case Monday morning, Buha said she could not comment yet on a motive for the homicide, but she said she had no doubt that Braddy was the perpetrator.
"Absolutely," Buha. "We believe Mr. Braddy committed this crime."