Harrel Braddy Florida Death Row

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Harrel Braddy Florida Death Row

Harrel Braddy Florida Death Row

Shandelle Maycock, mother to then five-year-old Quatisha, testified
that she first met Braddy and his wife Cyteria through a mutual friend
from church. Shortly after their initial meeting, Braddy began showing
up at Shandelle’s home alone, unannounced, and uninvited, staying for
short periods of time with no apparent purpose. Shandelle testified that
she initially thought of Braddy as a “nice person” and would
occasionally ask him for small favors. Braddy once inappropriately
placed his hand between Shandelle’s legs, but when Shandelle became
angry and threatened Braddy with a knife, Braddy left her apartment and
later apologized for his actions. Shandelle testified that Braddy never
again made a sexual advance toward her.
On Friday, November 6,
1998, Braddy picked Shandelle up from work and drove her home. After
Braddy left Shandelle’s apartment at approximately 5:30 p.m., Shandelle
began to call around looking for a ride to pick up Quatisha, who was
being watched by a family member. Shandelle had not found a ride by
approximately 10 p.m., at which time Braddy returned to her apartment in
a gold Lincoln Town Car that he had rented earlier in the day. Braddy
told Shandelle that they needed to talk but agreed to first drive
Shandelle to pick up Quatisha. After picking up Quatisha and returning
to Shandelle’s apartment, Braddy again stated that he needed to talk to
Shandelle. Shandelle agreed, but before Braddy could talk to Shandelle,
the phone rang. Shandelle answered the phone, had a brief conversation,
and, after hanging up, told Braddy that he needed to leave because she
was expecting company. Shandelle testified that this statement had been a
lie—she had not been expecting company but simply wanted Braddy to
leave because it was late and she was tired. Upon being told to leave,
Braddy immediately attacked Shandelle, threatening to kill her and
choking her until she lost consciousness. Shandelle testified that when
she regained consciousness, she was still in her apartment but Braddy
again choked her until she passed out.
Shandelle’s landlord, who
occupied the house to which Shandelle’s apartment was attached,
testified that he heard shouting coming from Shandelle’s apartment
shortly before midnight. When he looked outside a short time later, the
landlord saw Braddy standing at the driver-side door of the Town Car and
Quatisha standing by the passenger-side door. He did not see Shandelle.
testified that when she awoke for the second time, she was in the back
seat of a large car parked in her driveway. Quatisha was in the front
passenger seat, and Braddy was in the driver’s seat. As Braddy began to
drive, Shandelle told Quatisha that they were going to jump out of the
car. Braddy warned Shandelle not to jump, but Shandelle nevertheless
pulled Quatisha into the backseat and opened the door. When Braddy saw
that they were about to jump, he accelerated and turned a corner,
causing Shandelle and Quatisha to fall out of the car.
stopped the car, helped Quatisha back into the car, and put Shandelle in
the trunk. Shandelle testified that she remained in the trunk for
thirty to forty-five minutes while Braddy continued to drive, after
which time the car stopped and Braddy opened the trunk. Braddy pulled
Shandelle out of the trunk, threw her to the ground, and again choked
her until she lost consciousness, all the while threatening to kill her
and accusing her of using him. When Shandelle woke up, it was daylight
and she was lying in a remote area surrounded by foliage. Shandelle
walked to the road and flagged down passing motorists, who called the
Between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, Braddy
returned home in the Town Car. Cyteria testified that she was awakened
when Braddy came home and, when she went to the door to meet him, saw
Braddy wiping down the interior of the Town Car with a cloth. Cyteria
also testified that the washing machine was running and that when she
looked inside the machine, she saw the clothes Braddy had been wearing
earlier that night.
On November 7, police spoke to Shandelle at
Glades Hospital, where she had been taken for treatment after being
found on the side of the road that morning. Shandelle gave police her
statement, along with the names and descriptions of Braddy and Quatisha.
Detectives Giancarlo Milito and Juan Murias went to Braddy’s home to
determine Quatisha’s whereabouts. Shortly after the detectives arrived
at Braddy’s house, they observed him exit the house and drive away in
the Town Car. The detectives followed Braddy to a gas station and
approached him as he was pumping gas. When the detectives first asked
Braddy about Quatisha, Braddy appeared calm and denied any knowledge of
the situation. However, when the detectives informed Braddy that
Shandelle was alive and had implicated him in Quatisha’s disappearance,
Braddy turned pale, began to sweat, shake, and cry, and claimed to feel
faint. Detective Milito testified that at this point, although Braddy
was not under arrest, he placed Braddy in handcuffs for everyone’s
safety because of “the history that I had of him.”
The detectives
took Braddy to the Miami–Dade County Police Department and sent the Town
Car to be processed. Detectives Otis Chambers and Fernando Suco began
to question Braddy at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. When
the detectives asked Braddy if he would consent to giving DNA samples,
Braddy stated that he knew his rights and wished to be read his rights.
Detective Suco, the lead investigator in the case, explained Braddy’s
rights to him pursuant to Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 461, 86
S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694 (1966), through the use of a standard Miranda
form, which Braddy signed and initialed appropriately. After Braddy
indicated that he understood and waived his rights, Detective Suco
obtained Braddy’s consent to take specimens for DNA samples and to
search Braddy’s home and the Town Car. However, because Braddy hesitated
before signing the last consent form, Suco also obtained search
warrants for Braddy’s house and the Town Car.
Pursuant to both
Braddy’s consent to search and the search warrant, police searched the
Town Car on Sunday, November 8. After being only partially processed,
however, the Town Car was mistakenly released back to the rental agency,
where it remained for approximately a day. Police were able to recover
the Town Car before it had been cleaned by the rental agency, and
pursuant to a second search warrant signed on November 10, investigators
removed the trunk liner for DNA testing. Shandelle’s blood was found on
the liner.
Meanwhile, Braddy’s interview continued early into the
morning of November 8. Although Braddy spoke to the detectives—becoming
visibly agitated when talking about Shandelle—he divulged no
information about Quatisha’s whereabouts. Feeling that they were not
making any progress, the detectives took a break from the interview just
before midnight on November 7. During the break, Detective Suco
prepared Braddy’s arrest form and conferred with other detectives who
were gathering information on the case. Having determined that Braddy
was lying to them, based on information received from other detectives,
the detectives reinitiated the interview at approximately 1:15 a.m. on
November 8 and confronted Braddy about lying. Braddy responded by
saying, “I can’t tell you. Even if I’m found innocent, my family will
not talk to me again.” The detectives continued to question Braddy, but
although there was some interaction, Braddy refused to answer questions
about Quatisha and mostly “just sat there or ․ would put his head down.”
approximately 3 a.m. on November 8, Braddy asked to talk to Detective
Chambers alone. The detectives complied, but after fifteen to twenty
minutes of useless conversation, Detective Chambers brought Detective
Suco back into the room. Shortly thereafter, both detectives escorted
Braddy to the bathroom, which he had asked to use. While walking through
the homicide office to and from the bathroom, Braddy appeared to be
“looking around” and “seeing where he was at.” After returning from the
bathroom, the detectives again left Braddy in the interview room while
the detectives compared information with other investigators. The
detectives resumed the interview at approximately 3:55 a.m. and again
confronted Braddy with evidence that contradicted what Braddy had been
telling them. For the next two hours, Braddy responded to questions but
refused to talk about Quatisha’s whereabouts. At around 6:15 a.m. on
November 8, in an attempt to evoke an emotional response and elicit
information, the detectives lied and told Braddy that his mother had
suffered a heart attack. Although Braddy became visibly upset at this
information, he did not divulge any information about Quatisha.
at around 8 a.m. on November 8, Braddy told the detectives that he had
left Quatisha in the same area where he had left Shandelle. Braddy then
stated that he was tired of talking to the detectives and said that if
they did not believe his story, they could take him to jail. At this
point, the detectives stopped the interview, relayed Braddy’s confession
to their supervisor, and went to breakfast. The detectives returned to
the interview room at approximately 11:30 a.m. with breakfast for
Braddy. When Detective Suco walked into the interview room, Braddy was
standing on a chair in the corner of the room with his shoes off. Braddy
immediately jumped to the ground and, before Detective Suco could
speak, said “I’ll take you to where I left her.”
The detectives
drove Braddy north from Miami–Dade County on U.S. Highway 27, through
Broward County and into Palm Beach County, to the site where Shandelle
had been found, a scene which was already teeming with authorities. At
Braddy’s direction, the detectives drove along the dirt roads and
through the fields off the highway for approximately three hours, with
other detectives following, but found no trace of Quatisha. At
approximately 2:30 p.m., after detectives had been led on a vain search
by Braddy for several hours, Detective Greg Smith physically pulled
Braddy out of the car and pinned Braddy against the side of the car by
placing his forearm across Braddy’s throat. Detective Smith held Braddy
in this position for approximately fifteen seconds, demanding to know
where Braddy had left Quatisha. Braddy gave no response—either verbal or
physical—to Detective Smith’s use of force and emotional plea. Having
received no information despite his use of force, Detective Smith, along
with Braddy and several other detectives, resumed the search for
Quatisha on foot. During the foot search, Detective Smith engaged Braddy
in a general conversation regarding his family and hobbies. At one
point, Braddy asked Detective Smith how long it would take a body in the
water to surface, speculating that although he had left Quatisha alive,
she might have fallen into the water after he left her.
approximately 4 p.m. on November 8, Braddy admitted to Detective Pat
Diaz that Quatisha was in fact at a different location. Braddy then
directed several detectives to a section of Interstate 75 in Broward
County known as Alligator Alley. Once at Alligator Alley, Braddy told
detectives that he had left Quatisha alive on the side of the road at a
bridge crossing over a canal. Braddy directed detectives to three such
bridges—at highway mile markers 28, 30, and 33—but could not be sure at
which bridge he had left Quatisha. Braddy gave different reasons for
having left Quatisha on the side of the road in the Everglades in the
middle of the night, including that he did so because he was angry with
Shandelle and because he was worried that Quatisha would tell people
what he had done to Shandelle. Braddy also admitted that when he left
Quatisha, he “knew she would probably die” and that when she had not
been found by Sunday evening, she was probably dead.
searching until dark on November 8 and finding no trace of Quatisha,
detectives escorted Braddy back to the Miami–Dade County Police
Department. Detectives took Braddy back to the interview room where he
had originally been kept—a room that had not been touched since Braddy
occupied it earlier in the day. Upon entering the room, detectives
noticed that a metal ceiling grate in the corner of the room—directly
above the chair on which Braddy had been standing earlier in the day—had
been forcibly bent up on both ends. Braddy was taken to a different
interview room and again questioned by detectives, but Braddy never
admitted to killing Quatisha. On the morning of Monday, November 9, two
fishermen found the body of a child floating in a canal running parallel
to Alligator Alley, around highway mile marker 34. The body was
recovered, taken to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s office, and
identified as that of Quatisha Maycock.
Dr. Joshua Perper, the
Chief Medical Examiner for Broward County, was called to the scene where
Quatisha’s body was found. He examined the body initially when it was
brought out of the canal and later performed an autopsy. Dr. Perper
testified that Quatisha’s left arm, which was missing when her body was
discovered, had been bitten off by an alligator after Quatisha had died.
Dr. Perper also testified that Quatisha had suffered “brush burn”
injuries while she was alive, consistent with her having grazed against a
hard, flat surface, such as falling out of a car and sliding on the
road. Additionally, Dr. Perper testified that Quatisha had suffered
alligator bites to her torso and head while she was still alive,
although he concluded that she was probably not conscious at the time
she was bitten. Quatisha had also suffered several injuries after she
had died or while she was very close to death, including more “brush
burns” and alligator bites, as well as injuries to her lips consistent
with fish feeding on her corpse. Dr. Perper concluded that Quatisha’s
death was primarily caused by blunt force trauma to the left side of her
head, consistent with her either having fallen from a great distance or
having been thrown onto a prominent, protruding object, such as the
jutting rocks along the canal where her body was discovered.
the conclusion of the guilt phase of Braddy’s trial, the jury found
Braddy guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two
counts of kidnapping, burglary of a structure with an assault or
battery therein, child neglect causing great bodily harm, and attempted

Harrel Braddy 2019 Information

DC Number:406356
Birth Date:04/12/1949
Initial Receipt Date:10/18/2007
Current Custody:MAXIMUM
Current Release Date:PENDING

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