4 Charged in U. of Memphis Football Player’s Death

Published: October 8, 2007

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Four men were arrested Oct. 8 for the murder of a University of Memphis (U of M) football player.

U of M student Devin Jefferson, 21, was the only student among the men arrested who attended the school. Police believe he hatched a plot to rob the victim, Taylor Bradford, but that the robbery went awry. Daeshawn Tate, 21; Courtney Washington, 22; and Victor Trezevant, 21, were the other three suspects arrested in connection with the shooting. It is believed Jefferson had enlisted their help.

Bradford, a junior defensive lineman, was shot Sept. 30 just before 10 p.m. near a university housing complex. After being shot, he was able to drive his vehicle away from the scene before crashing his car into a tree. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Bradford had $7,400 in his pocket when he was found. He had also won several thousand dollars at a casino night and was rumored to be carrying a lot of cash when the murder occurred.

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Authorities say Jefferson and Bradford knew each other and had been involved in an ongoing feud.

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