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Trial In Twisted Murder Plot Begins
By insidebayarea.com
Published: 02/09/2010

OAKLAND — April Bradley did a favor for her friend's son two years ago, renting him a minivan because he lacked the driver's license and credit card necessary to do it himself.

The son repaid the favor, a prosecutor said Monday at Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, by organizing a plan that led to Bradley being shot four times in the head.

In a twisted tale that spans two counties, includes two homicides and involves a cast of characters ranging from a pair of drug dealers to a pizza deliveryman who religiously monitors a police scanner, an Alameda County prosecutor began to try to convince a jury that Hezekiah Edwards, 26, of Antioch, and Stefon Johnson, 28, of Hayward, are guilty of a double-murder and should be sent to prison for the rest of their lives.

"The two defendants were part of a team of killers," Deputy District Attorney John Brouhard said. "This team really had no boundaries."

They had no boundaries in terms of geography, in terms of whom they killed and in terms of why they killed, Brouhard said.

"They killed for their own gain, and they killed to prevent the police from catching them," Brouhard said. "They killed strangers, and they killed someone who was a family friend."

The pair's story began March 15, 2006, when Bradley, 40 years old and mother to a 9-year-old son, agreed to help her ailing friend Renee Grey by renting a minivan for Grey's son, Edwards, Brouhard said.

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