Saturday, August 2, 2008

Two men indicted in death of Rachel Hoffman; Meggs says he will 'probably' seek death

By Nic Corbett

Two men were indicted Friday in connection with the death of Tallahassee police informant Rachel Hoffman.

Andrea Green, 25, of Perry, and Deneilo Bradshaw, 23, of Tallahassee, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a gun and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.

Hoffman, 23, was shot to death in May while working as an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said he will "probably" seek the death penalty.

"We'll make the decision some other time, but probably," Meggs said.

The trial will likely take place a year to 18 months from now, he said.

Hoffman was to buy drugs and a gun from the men with $13,000 in recorded bills at Forestmeadows Park. Police lost track of Hoffman, and she and the men disappeared. Police later found spent shell casings and one of Hoffman's flip-flops on Gardner Road, a short drive from Forestmeadows.

Green and Bradshaw, who were later arrested in Orlando, led investigators to Hoffman's body in rural Taylor County, police said.

Green's lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Ines Suber, did not return a call for comment. Bradshaw's attorney, Gregory Cummings, said he had no comment.

The indictments came after three days of testimony from witnesses, including Tallahassee Police Department officers, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement case agent and Perry residents.

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