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Former detective charged in Austin triple murder could take plea deal next week

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective reportedly shot and killed three people near an Oak Arboretum apartment before leading police on a nearly 24-hour search that may soon take place , according to court documents. A plea agreement will be reached.

Stephen Broderick charged with murder for shooting his adopted daughter Alyssa Broderick; ex-wife Amanda Broderick; and Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons III. The victim’s family said he would have to plead guilty to murder and would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“I hope he realizes he took a piece of my heart,” said Charlene Ramirez, Amanda’s mother and Alyssa’s grandmother.

The family said they believe the justice system failed them in the circumstances.

Stephen Broderick was charged with sexually assaulting a child in June 2020, according to Texas Rangers and Travis County court records. He was released from jail and resigned from the sheriff’s office days after his arrest, according to a spokeswoman.

According to Stephen and Amanda’s divorce filing, Amanda requested sole custody of their two children (Alyssa and the couple’s 9-year-old son) because Stephen had a “history or pattern of sexual abuse” towards anyone in his life. under 18”. Additionally, Amanda requires that all visits with children be supervised and that he abstain from alcohol for at least 12 hours.

Less than a year later, police say Stephen rammed Amanda’s car, then shot and killed three people in the car. A manhunt ensued before he was apprehended by building police the following morning.

“The system isn’t supporting you,” Ramirez said. “They didn’t have our support. Not from the start. Not from the start.

The family said they were unhappy with any plea deal Stephen might get. The family fears he will not be held responsible for his sexual assault allegations under the settlement, as it was their granddaughter Alyssa who laid the charges. Because she was killed in the shooting, there will be no victims present at this trial.

The family admits that without the possibility of parole, a sexual assault trial would be no worse than a life sentence – in any case, the family wants Stephen to be held accountable for all charges.

“We don’t care. Even if the judge says, ‘OK, not guilty’, it doesn’t matter that at least he stands trial, at least he goes to court for what he did,” said father and grandfather Edward Ramirez of two victims.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza declined to comment. Stephen Broderick is scheduled to appear in Travis County for a guilty plea hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

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