A STORY YESTERDAY ABOUT THE ARREST OF KELLY LYNN BRADSHAW INCORRECTLY REPORTED THAT BRADSHAW'S MOTHER, CHRISTINE DOVE, SAID HER DAUGHTER HAD A JUVENILE CRIMINAL RECORD THAT INCLUDED SHOPLIFTING, DRUG CHARGES AND ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS. ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER WAS THE SOURCE OF THAT INFORMATION WHICH WAS ACCURATE. (PUBLISHED 10/07/98)
Montgomery County police yesterday accused a young woman and her boyfriend of stabbing the woman's estranged husband to death in Germantown, after she allegedly had sex with her husband and tried to rob him.
Montgomery police found Olanipekun "Tony" Oyefusi nude in his bedroom and dead from stab wounds late Thursday, police said. A woman had placed an anonymous call to police about 11 p.m. Thursday, saying there had been a "grievous injury" at Oyefusi's town house in the 12000 block of Laurel Grove Place, according to court documents.
Oyefusi, 41, a cabdriver from Nigeria, had been estranged from his wife, Kelly Lynn Bradshaw, 22, for at least two weeks, family and friends said yesterday. The couple had been married about one year, but Oyefusi had thrown Bradshaw out of their home about two weeks ago after he caught her cheating on him, Bradshaw's relatives said.
Police said Bradshaw and her boyfriend of two months, Darrell Butler, 20, came up with a plan for getting rid of Oyefusi. They would go to his home, and Butler would wait outside while Bradshaw had sex with her estranged husband, police said. According to the plan, Bradshaw would then give Butler a signal when "the moment was right," and he would enter the town house, police said.
When Butler entered Oyefusi's bedroom, police said, he and Bradshaw stabbed Oyefusi to death. Butler and Bradshaw have scratch marks from a struggle, Deputy State's Attorney John McCarthy said. Bradshaw and Butler each were charged with first-degree murder and were being held without bond yesterday. Bradshaw also was charged with attempted armed robbery, according to court documents.
Via video hookup from the Montgomery County jail, Bradshaw, with wavy white hair and long dark roots, appeared sullen as she stared blankly into the camera and rested her chin in her hand during her bond hearing yesterday. Her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Melanie Creedon, told District Court Judge Louis Harrington that Bradshaw was "extremely young" and that Butler had admitted to "being the perpetrator."
Butler showed no emotion during his bond hearing, also via video hookup. A preliminary hearing for Butler and Bradshaw was set for Oct. 30.
Oyefusi's brother and cousin, who attended the bond hearing, declined to speak with reporters.
Bradshaw's family and friends said Bradshaw met Oyefusi when they struck up a conversation after he picked her up as a passenger during one of his shifts. After they got married in November, their town house on Laurel Grove Place became a "party house," where Bradshaw and her friends would drink alcohol bought with money that Bradshaw got from her husband, said Bradshaw's stepsister, Dawn Portocarrero, 19.
"They didn't have a good marriage," said Bradshaw's stepmother, Mary Bradshaw, 38. "It was a joke. Not on Tony's side. She used him for his money, anything she could get. He was taking care of her. . . . He worshiped her."
"He treated her like a queen," said Christine Dove, Bradshaw's mother.
Dove said her daughter had a juvenile record that included shoplifting, drug charges and alcohol violations. Bradshaw dropped out of Seneca Valley High School during her freshman or sophomore year.
Dove said she has custody of Bradshaw's 2-year-old son, Marquel, who was born before Bradshaw married Oyefusi.