WILLIAM BRADFORD
CRIMINAL TRIAL

See also: William (Bill) Bradford CFPD Report
See also:
William Bradford Civil Trial deposition


(Pages 749-757)

5 MR. CORRELL: I have a couple more witnesses.

 

6 WILLIAM JAMES BRADFORD

7 called as a witness on behalf of the defendant, be

8 first duly sworn by the court, was examined and testify

9 as follows:

 

10 COURT: Mr. Correll?

 

11 DIRECT EXAMINATION

 

12 BY MR. CORRELL:

 

13 Q. Will you state your name, please.

 

14 A. William James Bradford.

 

15 Q. And what is your address, sir?

 

16 A. 515 Cornwall Avenue in Waterloo.

 

17 Q. And are you married?

 

18 A. Yes.

 

19 Q. And what's your wife's name?

 

20 A. Lisa Ann.

 

21 Q. And where is your employment?

 

22 A. United States Cellular.

 

23 Q. Okay. I'm going to ask you if you know m

24 client, the man seated to my left, Tracy Rokes?

 

25 A. Yes, I do.

 

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1 Q. And for how long a period of time have you

2 known him?

 

3 A. I would say probably eight to ten years.

 

4 Q. And during that period of time, have -- or

5 did you come to know him through his -- your wife knowing

6 his wife; is that right?

 

7 A. Correct.

 

8 Q. Turning your attention to October 4, 1996,

9 did you and your wife have any children at that point in

10 time?

 

11 A. Yes. One.

 

12 Q. And how old was that child then?

 

13 A. Three months.

 

14 Q. Okay. Was there ever any occasion on the 4th

15 of October when you came to realize that your wife had

16 made arrangements for you guys to go out that night, out

17 on Friday, October 4th?

 

18 A. Say that again now.

 

19 Q. Did you come to know that your wife had made

20 an arrangement to go out?

 

21 A. Uh-huh.

 

22 Q. And do you recall where it was you went on

23 that date?

 

24 A. To Brooster's and Celebrations.

 

25 Q. Did you go with anybody, or did you and your

 

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1 wife just ride by yourself?

 

2 A. We went by ourselves, and then we met

3 everybody else there.

 

4 Q. When you went there, do you recall who was

5 there first when you got there, or who was there, if

6 anybody, when you arrived?

 

7 A. I think Connie and Craig Young were there

8 first, and then I think it was us, and then Scott and

9 Tracey Braun, and Delonna and Tracy, I believe, followed

10 us. But I think we were the second couple there.

 

11 Q. Okay. With regard to when you were there,

12 did you have any alcohol or beer to drink? Yourself?

 

13 A. While I was there?

 

14 Q. Yes.

 

15 A. Yes.

 

16 Q. And when Mr. Rokes and his wife came in,

17 where did they stand in relationship to where you and

18 your wife were?

 

19 A. In the same area. We were on the Brooster's

20 side close to the dance floor, and that's where the guys

21 congregated, and then the women congregated to a table

22 basically in the same area that we were.

 

23 Q. When you're at that area on the Brooster's

24 side, did you have any conversations with Tracy Rokes?

 

25 A. Yes, I did.

 

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1 Q. And when you're over -- in the -- the

2 Brooster's side, did you observe anything about the way

3 he looked that indicated to you that he might be under

4 the influence of alcohol?

 

5 A. No.

 

6 Q. Was there anything about his posture, his

7 walk, his gait, that indicated to you he was under the

8 influence of alcohol?

 

9 A. No.

 

10 Q. Anything about the delivery of his speech or

11 the contents of his speech that would indicate to you he

12 was under the influence of alcohol?

 

13 A. No.

 

14 Q. What generally was it that you fellas talked

15 about, if you can recall?

 

16 A. The World Series was on, so we were watching

17 that. We start talking about vehicles for some reason

18 because I had just ordered a new utility -- sport utility

19 vehicle, so we started talking about those. Just

20 basically small talk. It wasn't anything of importance.

 

21 Q. When -- while you were over at the Brooster's

22 side, did anybody suggest that you go over to

23 Celebrations?

 

24 A. I think somebody did suggest it, yeah.

 

25 Q. And was that you that suggested that?

 

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1 A. No. I don't know who it was. We -- whoever

2 it was led, and then the rest of us followed over there.

 

3 Q. And it's really one establishment, and

4 there's a Celebrations where there's --

 

5 A. Right. They're just adjoining.

 

6 Q. Okay. So when you went over there, did --

7 did you go to basically listen to the band or dance --

 

8 A. Right.

 

9 Q. -- and watch people dance?

 

10 A. Yeah.

 

11 Q. When you're over there, did you, on the

12 Celebrations side, did you continue to have some

13 communication or conversation with Mr. Rokes?

 

14 A. Yeah, because I was -- him and I were -- I

15 don't remember if we were standing or sitting next to

16 each other up by the bar.

 

17 Q. Okay. Did you have conversation with him

18 over at Celebrations?

 

19 A. Yes.

 

20 Q. Was there -- when -- when you left, what time

21 was that?

 

22 A. I would say shortly after 10 or 10:15 at the

23 latest, because we were home by 10:30, because I remember

24 we got home when the news was just finishing up. The

25 10 o'clock news was just finishing up.

 

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1 Q. And could you make it home from Celebrations

2 to your house within 15 minutes?

 

3 A. Fifteen to 20 minutes, yeah, easily.

 

4 Q. At the time you left, was there ever anything

5 that you saw, heard or observed that led you to an

6 opinion that Tracy Rokes was in any way under the

7 influence of alcohol on Friday, October 4, 1996?

 

8 A. No.

 

9 MR. CORRELL: That's all the questions I

 

10 have, Your Honor.

 

11 COURT: Mr. Wadding?

 

12 MR. WADDING: Thank you.

 

13 CROSS-EXAMINATION

 

14 BY MR. WADDING:

 

15 Q. This Celebrations side of Brooster's, is

16 that -- well, can you describe what was going on over

17 there?

 

18 A. At Celebrations?

 

19 Q. Yes.

 

20 A. There was a band. I don't remember if there

21 were a lot of people over there or not, but there were

22 some people dancing. And a couple, myself not included,

23 but a couple people did go out on the dance floor and

24 danced. Mostly we just continued with conversation.

 

25 Q. So this is a live band?

 

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1 A. Yeah.

 

2 Q. Okay. And what kind of -- do you know --

3 remember what kind of music it was?

 

4 A. I don't even remember who it was in all

5 honesty.

 

6 Q. You characterized the night as -- the guys

7 being in one group and the girls being in another group;

8 is that fair to say?

 

9 A. Yeah.

 

10 Q. Is that just over on the Brooster's side, or

11 is that on the Celebrations side too?

 

12 A. No. At Brooster's we were somewhat

 

13 segregated, but then on the Celebrations side we started

14 commingling.

 

15 Q. Now, as -- when you're talking -- when you're

16 talking over at the Brooster's side, is it just general

17 talk amongst the four of you?

 

18 A. Uh-huh.

 

19 Q. About baseball and cars and stuff like that?

 

20 A. Just -- yeah, just general conversation.

 

21 Q. And you said you talked about a car; is that

22 right?

 

23 A. We started talking about utility vehicles

24 because I had just ordered one, and I was waiting to get

25 it in, and one of the other guys in the group, Scott

 

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1 Braun has the same kind of vehicle that I had just

2 ordered, and we were talking about it. And Tracy and

3 Delonna had just gotten their new vehicle as well, and we

4 were just basically comparing the vehicles is basically

5 it.

 

6 Q. And how much contact did you have with

7 Delonna Rokes?

 

8 A. I talked to her briefly on the Brooster's

9 side and not much on the Celebrations side.

 

10 Q. And you didn't make any determination as to

11 whether she was intoxicated; is that correct?

 

12 A. No. I mean, I -- no.

 

13 Q. As a matter of fact, you didn't think she was

14 intoxicated?

 

15 A. Delonna?

 

16 Q. Right.

 

17 A. No.

 

18 Q. And you were drinking beer; is that correct?

 

19 A. No. Mixed drinks.

 

20 Q. I'm sorry. You're the mixed drink --

 

21 A. Right.

 

22 Q. What were you drinking?

 

23 A. Jack Daniels.

 

24 Q. Is that it?

 

25 A. No. Jack Daniels-Pepsi mixed drink.

 

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1 MR. WADDING: That's all the questions I

2 have. Thank you.

 

3 COURT: Mr. Correll?

 

4 MR. CORRELL: I have nothing further.

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