Re-en­act­ing deputy’s slay­ing

Three men ac­cused in deputy’s killing

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Rafael Olmeda Staff writer

Ju­rors hear­ing the case against three men ac­cused of killing Broward Sher­iff's Deputy Brian Teph­ford in a late-night am­bush in 2006 went to the scene of the crime Thurs­day. Pros­e­cu­tors po­si­tioned Teph­ford's pa­trol car, left, as it was found the night of the shoot­ing. They also ex­am­ined the pa­trol car of Deputy Corey Car­bocci, who was wounded in the shoot­ing. Ju­rors sur­veyed the scene from mul­ti­ple an­gles, see­ing for them­selves the bul­let holes they'd only heard about through four months of tes­ti­mony.

Ju­rors hear­ing the case of three men ac­cused of gunning down Broward Deputy Brian Teph­ford in 2006 were brought on Thurs­day to the very spot where his life was taken.

They crouched next to the open door of his pa­trol car, po­si­tioned ex­actly where it was on Nov. 11, 2006. They peered into the ve­hi­cle and ex­am­ined the bul­let holes. They paced between Teph­ford’s car and that of an­other deputy wounded in the shoot­ing.

For about an hour Thurs­day morn­ing, the two ve­hi­cles were re­turned to the scene where Teph­ford had stopped to ques­tion the driver of a Toy­ota Corolla in the park­ing area of the Ver­sailles Gar­dens com­plex in Tamarac. Ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony, Eloyn In­gra­ham was a pas­sen­ger in that Corolla, which was driven by his girl­friend.

The sec­ond pa­trol car, driven by Deputy Corey Car­bocci, ar­rived at the scene for backup in 2006 af­ter Teph­ford told a dis­patcher he had stopped the Corolla for hav­ing an in­cor­rect li­cense tag.

Teph­ford was killed and Car­bocci in­jured in an am­bush min­utes af­ter Car­bocci’s ar­rival. Pros­e­cu­tors be­lieve In­gra­ham con­tacted his friends An­dre De­lancy and Bernard Forbes, who ar­rived and

opened fire. The men fled the scene, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony.

All three de­fen­dants and their lawyers were at Ver­sailles Gar­dens Thurs­day morn­ing when ju­rors ar­rived to in­spect the ve­hi­cles and view other nearby scenes that had been de­scribed for them since the trial be­gan in early June.

De­fense lawyers had ob­jected to hav­ing ju­rors visit the shoot­ing scene dur­ing day­light hours.

“We wanted the ju­rors to see what it was like at night so they could tell for them­selves what wit­nesses could have seen or could not have seen,” said de­fense lawyer Mitch Po­lay, one of the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing De­lancy.

Pros­e­cu­tors told Broward Cir­cuit Judge Paul Back­man they wanted to show the po­si­tion­ing of the vic­tims’ pa­trol cars to set up later tes­ti­mony from crime scene re­con­struc­tion ex­perts.

The case has pro­ceeded slowly, with pros­e­cu­tors call­ing roughly 50 wit­nesses and in­tro­duc­ing 464 ex­hibits into ev­i­dence to date.

De­fense lawyers H. Dohn Wil­liams, Hil­liard Moldof and Daniel Aaron­son made it clear dur­ing open­ing state­ments in June that their clients are putting up a di­vided front, each pro­fess­ing in­no­cence with­out vouch­ing for the other two.

Pros­e­cu­tors Mike Satz and Jeff Mar­cus have been un­able to ex­plain why the de­fen­dants would be will­ing to shoot and kill a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

The mur­der trial has been in­ter­rupted by planned va­ca­tions and breaks as well as an un­planned de­lay caused by Hur­ri­cane Irma, which closed the court­house for a week and a half in Septem­ber.

The trial is sched­uled to re­sume Oct. 31, af­ter a pre­vi­ously sched­uled break in tes­ti­mony.


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