All Four Convicted in Cab Driver Murder

UPDATED January 27, 2014

The final defendant has been sentenced for the 2011 murder of cab driver and former FAMU football player O'Bryan Brandy.

Brandy was robbed and shot in his cab on Idlewild Drive. Four men were arrested and charged with his murder.

Court records show Davin Bowers entered a no contest plea January 14th to second degree murder charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

Derrick Butler entered a similar no contest plea in the fall. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

Prosecutor Lorena Vollrath Bueno says Bowers received a shorter sentence because of his willingness to testify against his co-defendants in trial. Butler, she said, got more time behind bars because prosecutors believe he placed the call that lured cab driver O'Bryan Brandy to the scene.

Two other co-defendants, Deondre Handsford and Nelson Alexander were both convicted at trial and sentenced to life in prison.


Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State Attorney's Office is reporting that Deondre Handsford has been found guilty as charged in the murder of a Tallahassee cab driver. The verdict came down Friday.

Handsford admitted he was there the night O'Bryan Brandy was killed, but denied firing the deadly shot. Handsford said he and his friends had planned to rob the driver of a Yellow Cab.

When he took the stand yesterday, he told jurors he got nervous and backed out before any shots were fired. Handsford is one of four men accused in the October 2011 murder of cab driver and former FAMU football player O'Bryan Brandy.

An FDLE Crime Lab Analyst testified she found Handsford's DNA in Brandy's pocket and on the murder weapon's trigger.


By: Julie Montanaro
June 20, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The accused triggerman in the murder of a Tallahassee cab driver takes the stand. Deondre Handsford admits he was there the night O'Bryan Brandy was killed, but denies firing the deadly shot.

Handsford: "I told them I was totally out of it now. I didn't want nothing else to do with it."

Deondre Handsford said he and his friends had planned to rob the driver of a Yellow Cab. He took the stand Thursday and told jurors he got nervous and backed out before any shots were fired.

Handsford: "They was like all we need you to do is stand here, do nothing major, we just want you to stand here and pretend as if you are getting a cab, once the cab gets here we'll run out with the guns and stop the car or whatever."

Defense Attorney, Baya Harrison: "Now when you were standing out there waiting for the cab, did you have a firearm on you?"

Handsford: "No, sir."

Defense Attorney, Baya Harrison: "It's your testimony that you did not shoot that cab driver?"

Handsford: "Yes, sir. That is my testimony."

Handsford is one of four men accused in the October 2011 murder of cab driver and former FAMU football player O'Bryan Brandy. An FDLE Crime Lab Analyst testified she found Handsford's DNA in Brandy's pocket and on the murder weapon's trigger.

Sue Livingston, FDLE Crime Lab Analyst: "That profile matched Deondre Handsford. It did not match Mr. Brandy, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Butler or Mr. Bowers."

Lorena Vollrath-Bueno, Prosecuting Attorney: "You guys were going to get a lick to get a little bit of money?"

Handsford: "Yes, ma'am."

Lorena Vollrath-Bueno, Prosecuting Attorney: "... and you knew there was a gun, not one gun, but four guns?"

Handsford: "Yes, ma'am."

Lorena Vollrath-Bueno, Prosecuting Attorney: "And if you have a gun, and rob somebody, somebody's going to get shot or someone could get shot, right?"

Handsford: "It's a possibility."

Both sides wrapped up their cases this afternoon. Closing arguments begin in the morning. WCTV will keep you posted on a verdict.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
June 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A man accused of robbing and killing a Tallahassee cab driver is now on trial for it.

Deondre Handsford is one of four men accused in the October 2011 murder of cab driver and former FAMU football player O'Bryan Brandy.

Brandy was found shot to death in his cab soon after answering a call on Idlewild Drive.

Prosecutors say Handsford is the one who pulled the trigger and say there is DNA to prove it.

Prosecutor Lorena Vollrath-Bueno told the jury a DNA expert from FDLE would be taking the stand.

"She's going to tell you that she was able to find the defendant Deondre Handsord's DNA on the trigger and will be able to tell you that she was able to find Deondre Handsford's DNA and the victim's DNA on the trigger guard," Vollrath-Bueno said. She says the expert even found Handsford's DNA in Brandy's back pocket.

The girlfriend of one of the other suspects says Handsford walked into her house later that night with blood on his shirt.

Co-defendant Nelson Alexander has already been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. The two other suspects are still awaiting trial.

Testimony in this case is expected to last the rest of the week.


By: Julie Montanaro
June 19, 2013, 11:25 a.m.

The accused trigger man in the murder of Tallahassee cab driver and former FAMU football player O'Bryan Brandy is now on trial.

Brandy was "the victim of a robbery and execution," the prosecutor told the jury. "Deondre Handsford was his executioner."

The prosecutor contends four young men robbed the cab driver that night and Handsford was the one who pulled the trigger. She says a DNA expert will testify that Handsford's DNA was on the trigger of the murder weapon and in Brandy's pocket.

A cancer patient testified she suffers from insomnia and went outside to get some fresh air that night in October 2011. She said she ran into a young man on Idlewild Drive and he told her he was waiting for a Yellow Cab. Soon after she walked away, she said, she heard gunshots.

She testified even though it was dark and rainy that night she is sure that Handsford is the man she spoke to on the street. "He reminds me of Lil' Wayne," she said.


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