Rachel Hoffman’s mother read a statement in which she said watching the trial had been a challenge.
“Hearing and seeing the evidence was painful, but I knew I had to be here. It is what a mother does for her daughter. I will always be Rachel’s mother,” Rachel Hoffman’s mother, Margie Weiss, said.
Rachel’s father, Irv, found it the hearing to painful to attend and sent a statement
“Her death has devastated my soul, changed my life for the worse forevermore,” Hoffman-Weiss family attorney Lance Block said as he read Irv Hoffman’s statement.
In an effort to prove there was no remorse, Prosecutors pushed Deneilo Bradshaw’s mother over what her son had told her about the crime.
“I asked him to tell me where he was,” Bradshaw’s mother, Judianna Freeman said.
Prosecutor: So you didn’t ask him to turn himself in?
“Yes, I did,” Freeman said.
Prosecutor: And did he turn himself in?
Closing arguments took just over an hour. Prosecutors asked for the death penalty.
“She was killed for the money,” prosecutor Eddie Evans said.
But the defense asked for mercy.
Juror: “We the jury advise and recommend to the court that it impose a sentence of life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.”
The judge quickly imposed a life sentence. The family called it justice.
“And we look forward to holding the Tallahassee Police Department accountable for setting this nightmare into action,” Weiss said.
A second defendant is set for trial in October.
In addition to the October criminal trial, the family is pursuing civil action against the Tallahassee Police Department as well as a claims bill on their daughter’s behalf.