A man convicted of a gruesome Miami-Dade County murder of a five year old girl is going to receive a new sentencing hearing as ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.
Harrel Franklin Braddy was convicted of the murder of five year old Quatisha Maycock and received the death penalty for the November 1998 gruesome killing.
The details of the case came out during testimony of the gory case, where Braddy kidnapped Shandelle Maycock and her daughter Quatisha after he was released early from prison in another case for good behavior. One of his lawyers said that’s when Braddy met Maycock, via a church outreach program.
Prosecutors said Braddy tossed the mother and daughter in the trunk of his car in 1998 and drove to a remote sugarcane field, where he choked Shandelle to unconsciousness and left her to die. She later woke up and managed to find help. Prosecutors said Braddy drove the girl to Alligator Alley and dropped her in the water. A medical examiner testified the young girl was alive when alligators attacked her head and stomach. The girl’s body two days later, her left arm missing and her skull crushed, prosecutors said.
In 2007 Braddy was found guilty of first-degree murder of Quatisha, attempted first-degree murder of Shandelle, two counts of kidnapping and along with more charges.
Shandelle, during the initial sentencing, told jurors how her life without her only child, nicknamed Candy, would never be the same.
The jury recommended the death penalty, 11-1. The one hold out opened the door for Braddy to protest the sentence.
The Florida Supreme Court upheld the conviction out of the Miami-Dade County case, but said a new sentencing hearing is necessary after a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hurst v. Florida case. The SCOTUS ruling says Florida’s death-penalty sentencing system was unconstitutional in that it gave too much authority to judges that should be for juries.
Also, the majority opinion for the Braddy case states “in light of the non-unanimous jury recommendation to impose a death sentence, it cannot be said that the failure to require a unanimous verdict here was harmless.”
A new date for the re-sentencing has not been set.