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.

"

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

W Road Temporarily Closed After Tractor-Trailer Gets Stuck

The W-Road has been temporarily closed by the HCSO due to a tractor-trailer truck trying to proceed up the mountain and getting stuck.   Deputies are working to assist getting the tractor-trailer back down the mountain.   The road is estimated to be closed for approximately two hours. (click for more)

Walker County Arrest Report For Sept. 19-25

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Sept. 19-25: PAINTER       ANTHONY    SCOTT           WM     33        Officer STAFFORD   POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA LESS THAN 1 OZ, POSSESSION OF METH, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE IV ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pitch Called ‘The Defector’

When Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident, he was 24 years old yet had already lived a life much larger than almost all old men. He had spent part of a year in an unimaginably cruel Cuban prison, this when he only 14 years old and sandwiched in an inhumane cell among grown criminals. There were murders daily – in his very cell -- and nobody cared. ... (click for more)

Mocs Soccer Wins 2-1 At Wofford

 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer team defeated Wofford 2-1 Sunday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C. The Mocs improve to 3-7-1 overall and 1-1 in Southern Conference action while the Terriers fall to 2-9 on the year and 0-2 against the conference.   Chattanooga netted its first goal in the opening frame following a corner kick. Junior Ellie Myrick’s ... (click for more)

Lee Women Win 5-1 At Shorter

The blistering-hot temperature and the artificial turf was not enough to slow the Lee women's soccer team as they handily defeated host Shorter University 5-1 for its fifth straight victory  on Sunday  afternoon.   Summer Lanter and Kinsey Cichowitz combined to score all five of Lee's goals. Lanter now has six goals on the year and midfielder Cichowitz ... (click for more)