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*Bradley jury calls it a night

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

(Updated 8 p.m.) WOODSTOCK -- The fate of accused murderer Jody Lynn Bradley is in the hands of a Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury.

The nine women and three men on the jury began deliberations at 5 p.m. Wednesday, but were sent home for the night after three hours. When they return Thursday at 9 a.m., they must decide whether Bradley, 48, of 189 Wakemans Grove Road, Edinburg, is guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or voluntary manslaughter, or not guilty in the Jan. 6 shooting of Brendon Manning Barker, 16, of Strasburg. He also is charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Bradley disapproved of Barker's relationship with his now-17-year-old daughter, Sarah. He had verbally forbade Barker from coming on his property and had had him served with a no-trespassing notice.

"How many times did [Bradley] scream for help?" defense attorney Gene Hart asked in closing arguments. "Brendon Barker is a drug distributor to Sarah Bradley.
"He reasonably believes her life is being ruined."

Assistant Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Kenneth Alger acknowledged the teens smoked marijuana together.

"But, does that give Mr. Bradley the right to shoot, to execute someone?" he asked.

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This man should hang.

just me

I have lived this an if the law would do anything [like there job ] chances are this wouldn't never have happen.. but they didn't an here he is -- I feel sorry for all of them but understand him taking care of his daughter


obviously you ARE not a parent beckrose, what he did was wrong but this trajedy could have been easily avoided if either of these two young people had any respect for a parent or the law. I guess everyone has to decide how far they are willing to go to protect the people they love as well as be willing to pay the price. As a parent I would give my life to protect any of my children, I guess this man felt the same way


While Mr. Bradley taking a life wasn't right, this all could have been avoided if the rules were followed. How quick we are to say that Mr. Bradley is at fault for everything. There is a lot of fault to go around.

Brendon was no angel, as was made out when this first happened. Sarah definetly played a huge role in all of this and really should be facing some charges herself. And where were this boys parents in teaching him right from wrong? There were papers served on him to stay off the property and he did not. How many times does one have to be told NO?

It would be nice if the younger generation would realize that they are not above the rules that are laid down. Sadly, someone lost their life because they felt it was more important to disobey and do drugs.


i have son he is 13 years old yes Mr. Bradley was in the wrong if knew that Brendon was there he should have called the cops and let them handle it but no he had to shot him thanks to Bradley,the parents of Brendon has lost a child i think he should get life in prison cause there was know need for him to shot that Brendon don't get me wrong Brendon knew he wasn't supposed to be there and so did Sarah not only did Sarah lose a boyfriend but i bet she lost her best friend but i feel sorry for Brendon's parents cause they lost a child I still say put Bradley in prison for life cause noone needs to shot or shot a person dead.

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