3 Charged In Shooting Death Of Football Player

Monday, October 8th 2007, 2:43 pm
By: News On 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Three men were charged Monday in the fatal campus shooting of a University of Memphis football player, authorities said.

Taylor Bradford, 21, was shot Sept. 30 shortly before police found him fatally wounded in his car, which had crashed into a tree outside his apartment.

Three Memphis men who are not students at the university were charged with murder in the perpetration of attempted aggravated robbery.

The three men _ DaeShawn Tate, 21; Victor Trezevant, 21; and Courtney Washington, 22 _ were in custody.

Police have previously refused to discuss a motive for the slaying, but said Monday that the men specifically targeted Bradford to rob him.

University officials told students, faculty and staff shortly after the attack that they believed the attack was targeted and that the suspects had immediately fled the campus. The university still canceled classes last Monday following the shooting as a precaution.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said that the attackers were looking specifically for Bradford, but would not say exactly why.

Police said last week that one of the leads they were following was whether Bradford had won a few thousand dollars at a Mississippi casino the night before he was killed.

Godwin said the attackers intended to rob Bradford, but apparently did not get what they had come for _ he refused to give details about how the crime was committed.

``The investigation is ongoing, and we do expect additional arrests,'' Godwin said.

Bradford, a Nashville native who transfered to Memphis from Samford University, was buried over the weekend.