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Suspects in shooting death of Decatur Co. sheriff’s deputy denied bond

Brad Phillips (left) and Troy Phillips (right) were ordered held without bond during a first...
Brad Phillips (left) and Troy Phillips (right) were ordered held without bond during a first appearance on Tuesday.(WCTV)
Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Two brothers accused in the murder of Decatur County Sheriff’s Captain Justin Bedwell appeared in court for their first appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Both Brad Phillips and Troy Phillips were ordered held without bond.

A Magistrate judge addressed the brothers one at a time, reading them their rights and the long list of charges against them.

The men could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted in Bedwell’s murder.

The judge denied bond for the Phillips brothers on nearly a dozen charges including aggravated assault for firing at another deputy and aggravated assault for firing nine shots while trying to break into a home.

The lead GBI agent in the case described the deadly chain of events that began with a traffic stop in Seminole County on February 27th. She told the judge the men have ties to Tallahassee and Bristol and both have lengthy criminal records.

The Magistrate judge ruled the men - who appeared via video link in striped jail jumpsuits - pose a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The murder case will now move forward in Superior Court.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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