A Florida jury convicted three men Tuesday of first-degree murder for ambushing and killing Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Tephford in 2006. Now they will fight for their lives as they face possible death sentences.
While the men were friends on the street, that bond did not extend to the courtroom, where each was unapologetic during the trial about trying to pin the blame for Tephford’s murder on the other two.
And one defense lawyer warned the judge that Eloyn Ingraham, Bernard Forbes and Andre Delancy will now turn on each other even more fiercely, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Ingraham, Forbes and Delancy each face the death penalty for the murder and conspiracy to commit murder of a law enforcement officer. The same jury that found them guilty will be called back to court in as little as six weeks to review evidence that prosecutors say should be enough to warrant the ultimate punishment, according to the judge.
According to trial testimony, Ingraham was a passenger in a Toyota that Tephford had pulled over late on Nov. 11, 2006, at the Versailles Gardens condominium complex in Tamarac. Unwilling to give his real name to Deputy Corey Carbocci, who had arrived for back up, Ingraham instead used his cell phone to call Forbes and Delancy, who showed up minutes later with guns drawn and opening fire.
The three then fled from the scene, enlisting the help of Ingraham’s girlfriend and a neighbor who said he helped them drive away before realizing they were involved in a police shooting. Detectives caught up with the defendants the next day at a Dania Beach motel.