Trial of man accused of killing Brevard deputy begins

Prosecution questions girlfriend of man on trial for murdering Brevard deputy

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The murder trial of a man accused of gunning down a Brevard County deputy is now underway.

Prosecutors say Brandon Bradley shot and killed Deputy Barbara Pill during traffic stop in Melbourne on March 6, 2012.  The moment that dominated Tuesday's proceedings involved Bradley's ex-girlfriend, Andria Kerchner, and her testimony.

"I feel like I'm going to throw up," she said after taking the stand.

Kerchner complained of nausea and a deputy even brought the witness a garbage can in case she needed to vomit.   When she recovered, the prosecutor asked her what her armed boyfriend allegedly told her in his car after Deputy Pill pulled them over.

Kerchner said Bradley told her he would do, "whatever he had to do, to not to go back to prison."

"Did he say anything specific, as to what he would do as part of whatever he had to?

Kerchner is currently spending 12 years in prison as part of a deal that she accepted in return for her guilty plea of accessory after the fact in Deputy Pill's murder.  She also agreed to testify against Bradley in his capital murder trial.

Bradley's attorneys argued to prevent Kerchner's testimony from being heard by a jury, saying then 19-year old Kerchner was high on a cocktail of drugs at the time of the shooting, and much of what she said wasn't based on facts.

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