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UPDATE: Guilty verdict in taxi driver murder case

O'Bryan Brandy
Posted at 12:00 PM, Mar 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-21 18:07:50-04

UPDATE (March 21, 2012 - 2:11 P.M.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The first of four men charged with the murder of a Tallahassee taxi driver has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Leon County jury Thursday convicted Nelson Alexander of First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm. Shortly after the verdict was read a judge sentenced Alexander to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Alexander is among four people being held responsible for the October 2011 murder of Tallahassee taxi driver O'Bryan Brandy.

Three others, Derrick Butler, Davin Bowers and Deondre Handsford are facing murder and robbery charges.

Investigators say the four men robbed and fatally shot O'Bryan Brandy on October 29, 2011.

Tallahassee Police Officers say Brandy, a former Florida A&M University football player, was working as a driver for a local taxi company. Investigators say on October 29, 2011, Brandy was dispatched to a call on Idlewild Drive. Prosecutors say the Butler, Bowers, Alexander, and Handsford conspired together to call the taxi there with the intention of robbing the driver.

According to the arrest affidavit, all four gave their accounts of what happened in the affidavit. While they were together, a plan was made to rob Brandy's cab.

While giving their accounts of what happened, Butler, Bowers, and Alexander's stories all point to Handsford as the person who shot Brandy. Handsford's testimony says that he wasn't present for the murder, but that he was at the Laura Lee Avenue residence during the time of the murder. When his story didn't match the others, the affidavit says he ended the interview and asked for an attorney.

Police say that Handsford is a convicted felon, and has previously been adjudicated guilty of several crimes.

During a funeral service in his hometown of Macon, Mississippi, friends and fellow team mates of Brandy remembered him as a person who lived life to the fullest.

"He could keep me laughing for days," Sammy Doughty, a former FAMU football teammate of Brandy's, said. "We played together in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game. He would never let me forget about Columbus not beating Noxubee County."

Among those Brandy leaves behind is his wife, Chimere Brandy, and three children: Aaliyah Brandy, of Macon, and O'Bryan and O'Breana Brandy, of Tallahassee.

A fund has been set up at any Bank of America location and will directly support his widow, Chimere Brandy, and his children. Weekly and monthly donations are accepted. The account number is #898047069711.

Deondre Handsford is scheduled to go to trial April 29. No trial has been scheduled yet for Davin Bowers or Derrick Butler.


UPDATE: March 20,2013 5:53 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--It's day two in the trial against Nelson Alexander, the first of four men charged with the murder and robbery of a Tallahassee taxi driver.

The prosecution called on five witnesses including one of the co-defendants in the case.

Davin Bowers testified that it was his gun used to kill O'Bryan Brandy but he didn't have anything to do with shooting or robbing him.

This is Davin Bowers. He testified he stayed behind in Derrick Butler's truck while Butler, Deondre Handsford and Nelson Alexander, who's on trial, got out near an abandon house on Idlewild Drive to discuss and later execute the robbery and murder on October 29,2011.

Bowers says he didn't realize his handgun was missing, that he had next to him while riding in the truck.

Bowers said after he heard what sounded like a firecracker, the four of them went to a home on Laura Lee Avenue, where his sister's friend Whitney Hodges lived.

Bowers told jurors he carried the gun inside but when Hodges saw Handsford's shirt had blood on it, she told Bowers to get the gun out of her house. Bowers says he wrapped it in a rag and put it outside on a tree stump.

The trial of Nelson Alexander continues Thursday.


UPDATE: March 20, 2013 12:00 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The judge presiding over the trial of a man accused of murdering a Tallahassee taxi driver has denied a motion for a mistrial.

The defense attorney for the first of four suspects accused of murdering O'Bryan Brandy, a taxi driver and former FAMU football player, submitted the motion on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the suspect, Nelson Alexander, and three others robbed Brandy, then fatally shot him in 2011.

The attorney said the jury was tainted by a certain testimony.

Later this afternoon, Co-defendant Davin Bowers will testify.

A reporter is in the courtroom, and we will have an update from the trial on ABC 27/WTXL News at 5, 6, and 11. 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A man accused of murdering a taxi cab driver is now on trial.

Prosecutors say Nelson Alexander and three others robbed O'Bryan Brandy, then fatally shot him in 2011.

Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday.

The state also called on several witnesses including one of the defendant's girlfriends, who then were then cross-examined.

This is Whitney Hodges who says she lived at a home on Laura Lee Avenue .

Hodges says on October 29,2011 around 2:30 a.m. her boyfriend Derrick Butler, Nelson Alexander who's on trial, and two others showed up at her home, allegedly after the murder.

Prosectors also showed jurors a lot of evidence including video of Hodges' home and photos of the taxi cab O'Bryan Brandy was found dead in.

Trial continues Wednesday inside the Leon County Courthouse.

March 15, 2013 5:30 p.m.

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Jurors will be selected Monday for the trial against the first of four men charged with the murder of a Tallahassee taxi driver.

Nelson Alexander is the first to stand trial. He along with three others, Derrick Butler, Davin Bowers and Deondre Handsford are facing murder and robbery charges.

Investigators say the four men robbed and fatally shot O'Bryan Brandy on October 29, 2011.

Tallahassee Police Officers say Brandy, a former Florida A&M University football player, was working as a driver for a local taxi company. Investigators say on October 29, 2011, Brandy was dispatched to a call on Idlewild Drive. Prosecutors say the Butler, Bowers, Alexander, and Handsford conspired together to call the taxi there with the intention of robbing the driver.

According to the arrest affidavit, all four gave their accounts of what happened in the affidavit. While they were together, a plan was made to rob Brandy's cab.

While giving their accounts of what happened, Butler, Bowers, and Alexander's stories all point to Handsford as the person who shot Brandy. Handsford's testimony says that he wasn't present for the murder, but that he was at the Laura Lee Avenue residence during the time of the murder. When his story didn't match the others, the affidavit says he ended the interview and asked for an attorney.

Police say that Handsford is a convicted felon, and has previously been adjudicated guilty of several crimes.

During a funeral service in his hometown of Macon, Mississippi, friends and fellow team mates of Brandy remembered him as a person who lived life to the fullest.

"He could keep me laughing for days," Sammy Doughty, a former FAMU football teammate of Brandy's, said. "We played together in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game. He would never let me forget about Columbus not beating Noxubee County."

Among those Brandy leaves behind is his wife, Chimere Brandy, and three children: Aaliyah Brandy, of Macon, and O'Bryan and O'Breana Brandy, of Tallahassee.

A fund has been set up at any Bank of America location and will directly support his widow, Chimere Brandy, and his children. Weekly and monthly donations are accepted. The account number is #898047069711.

Deondre Handsford is scheduled to go to trial April 29. No trial has been scheduled yet for Davin Bowers or Derrick Butler.