The parents of slain police informant Rachel Hoffman entered the courtroom Monday eager for justice, but weary to hear the detail of their daughter’s final days.
In May of last year Hoffman went undercover to avoid a drug conviction.
Tallahassee Police gave her 13-thousand dollars and sent her to buy cocaine, ecstasy and a gun from Denilo Bradshaw and his brother-in-law Andrea Green.
According to fired Tallahassee Police Officer Ryan Pender, the deal went awry when Hoffman made a wrong turn and police lost contract with her surveillance equipment.
“I immediately try to call her because now the static, as time progresses, imagine traveling 35 miles an hour you can cover a Decent distance, the wire is becoming more and more static,” said Pender from the stand.
19 police officers were stationed near the original sting location, but none of them could find Hoffman in time to save her life.
Hoffman was shot five times, her body left in a ditch. Prosecutors say they won’t name the triggerman in this trial.”
Although they did try to link the murder weapon to the defendant.
Bradshaw was working at a car detail company when a customer claimed her gun was stolen.
Bullet casings from the weapon were found at the crime scene.
The trial is expected to last two weeks. Bradshaw will face the death penalty if convicted.