Bond Raised To $1.2 Million For Willie James Bradley On Rape And Imprisonment Charges

Judge Lila Statom Calls Him "A Danger To The Community"

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Willie James Bradley
Willie James Bradley

Aggravated rape and false imprisonment charges against Willie James Bradley were bound over to a grand jury by Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom. Judge Statom also raised the bond to $1.2 million, calling him "a danger to the community."

During the preliminary hearing, the victim said, "The more I fought back, the more I said no, the more he kept beating me."

Bradley, represented by defense attorney John Wysong, has prior aggravated rape and aggravated assault charges and is a registered sex offender.

Judge Statom said that based on his record and the evidence presented, she felt "no one in the community was safe from Bradley.

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The woman testified that during the night of the incident, she had fought with her boyfriend. She called her friend "Wes" to come and get her. She said the two went and smoked crack cocaine at Wes' house.

She said they later went to see a drug dealer, driving in Wes' truck. It was at this point she said she noticed the truck was almost out of gas. She said they decided to stop at the Kanku's on Wilcox Boulevard.

It was there she said they picked up "Doc." This was what she said Wes knew Bradley as; before that night, she had never met him.

She testified that they were all three in the truck later when she had to use the restroom. She said Bradley told her his sister's home was nearby and she could go there.

However, when they stopped the truck, the woman said Bradley told them his sister did not want Wes in the house.

At this point, she said Bradley led her to the house. When they arrived, she noticed it was abandoned.

Not long after they went inside, she said, "He grabbed my throat then told me to take off my clothes."

The woman said they began to struggle and that she even stabbed him with a piece of a broken crack pipe while trying to get away.

She said Bradley told her, "I already killed one person and they don't know where she is. Just do what I say and I'll let you go."

After this, she said Bradley raped her.

Investigator Andrew Peker also testified. He said of the crime scene, "It was awful...there was blood everywhere."

The victim was taken to Erlanger Hospital immediately after police arrived. There, Investigator Peker said, "She was so covered in blood it was hard to see what injuries she had. There was blood in her ears, blood on her mouth, just blood everywhere."


Bradley in court
Bradley in court
- Photo2 by Hollie Webb

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