Bond revoked for Everglade Avenue murder suspect

A circuit court judge revoked bond for 16-year-old Tomas Bradford on Monday. The ed out and commits another felony punishStarkville native was charged with murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Deontay M. Rogers in August. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
Staff Writer

Circuit Judge Lee Howard revoked bond for Tomas Bradford on Monday, who is accused of killing a Starkville man in August.

Bradford, a 16-year-old Starkville native, was charged with murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Deontay M. Rogers, of Starkville. The incident occurred at Brookville Garden apartments on Aug. 24.

At the time of the arrest, SPD said Bradford was out on bond for charges relating to another fatal shooting and armed robbery in early March 2016.

The previous incident resulted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Dacorian K. Coleman at Camelot Apartments. Bradford was arrested along with another Starkville teen for armed robbery in connection to the shooting.

According to state law, if a person is bond able by more than five years, the bond in the first case will be revoked.

"We had to put on proof that Mr. Tomas Bradford had in fact been charged with a felony crime while out on bond and that there was probable cause to believe that he in fact had committed that crime," Assistant District Attorney Marc Amos said.

Amos called Starkville Police Department Detective Kenley Reaves as a witness. Reaves said there were multiple eyewitness accounts who named Bradford by his first and last name the night of Rogers’ death.

"We put on proof that there were eyewitnesses that identified Tomas Bradford as the shooter of Deontay Rogers," Amos said. "Based on that proof, the court found there was probable cause to believe that Tomas Bradford had committed the crime and therefore revoked his bail that had been issued in the original armed robbery charge."

Bradford's trial is expected to begin in January 2018.