Taylor Bradley: Nebraska woman charged with murder of 2 maintenance workers also aimed to kill a third man with car
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA: A Nebraska woman intentionally killed two maintenance workers with her car and she aimed for a third man, according to police. Taylor Briann Bradley was taken into custody and faces three counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and two counts of second-degree murder following the vehicular homicides of Ronald Gonzales, 45, and Chris Karmazin, 42 on Monday, March 27.
In a press release, the Lincoln Police Department wrote, "Video and witness accounts of the incident support the arrest of Taylor Bradley for second-degree murder as they exhibit intent," and added, "Intent is further supported by the location where the victims were run over which is approximately 20-30 yards from any roadway."
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Bradley denied the murder charges
On Tuesday, Bradley was taken into custody by officers of the Lincoln Police Department and was arraigned on Wednesday, according to Law and Crime. During the hearing through a video conference from jail, the defendant maintained her innocence and denied the charges and "shouting expletives at the judge via video conference from jail." When Bradley was asked if she understood the murder charges against her in the case, she yelled, "I don’t give an absolute f**k."
Victim's family set up a fundraiser
Karmazin's family set up a GoFundMe page to help meet expenses for his funeral and living expenses for his family. The fundraiser read, "Chris was a charismatic individual who loved being a father and husband. He leaves behind 3 children: Sehven (24 years old), Lydia (12 years old), and Laurel (6 years old)- and his loving wife, Aylin. Also, Chris loved spending time with his friends playing board games and was an avid animal lover. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and working with his hands. His greatest joy was being a father."
Georgina Gonzalez, wife of Karmazin told CBS-affiliated KOLN that "It’s kind of hard understanding why she did it because it’s someone that I’m going to miss for the rest of my life. It was an aggressive person that just came at two people. Someone hit my husband with a car and a co-worker."
Bradley 'purposely located' the maintenance workers
Authorities believed that in the alleged homicide, Bradley had an "intent" and revealed that she "purposely located" the maintenance workers near The Lodge Apartments clubhouse. Both the victims worked at the complex on Briarpark Drive.
In a press conference, Teresa Ewins, the Lincoln Police Chief declined to disclose Bradley's motive and said, "I would love to be able to answer that question, you know, ‘What led up to somebody intentionally running others over?’ It’s part of the investigation and we’re really looking into what happened. Unfortunately, there are witnesses that saw parts of it, but not the entire interaction.”
"It’s really hard to present that at this time, because we don’t have all the evidence, and I don’t want to taint the investigation by giving that out too soon," said Ewin.
Bradley attempted to kill a third man
The two men were killed just "seconds apart" and Bradley also aimed to run over a third man named Robert Sargent. She did not succeed in her attempt to kill the man and has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder. At present, she is held on a $2 million bond in the Lancaster County Jail.