If you think you’re going to get away with murder, ask yourself one question: Do I have an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet on?
If so, you’re likely not the smartest or least convictable person in the world to begin with. However, it would prove to be the undoing of 29-year-old Carico Rodriquez Hayward, who will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars because of the murder of Ellis Bradham.
According to WBTV-TV, Hayward was convicted last week of the slaying of Bradham in Charlotte, North Carolina, while wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet from a previous crime.
“On December 19, 2016, a woman called Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to report that her 27-year-old brother, Mr. Bradham, was missing,” court officials told the station.
“The day before, he had visited friends, including Hayward, at an apartment. Mr. Bradham had not been seen or heard from since.”
Bradham was found four days later in the woods at Charlotte’s Shuffletown Park, dead from a gunshot wound, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Police might have ordinarily been without a suspect, but they had the fact that he’d visited Hayward.
And unfortunately for Hayward, they also had the ex-convict’s location. He was out on probation at the time of the killing and had the usual accoutrements of that condition.
“Hayward was wearing an electronic monitor at the time of the murder, and police discovered that his monitor showed he was in the same woods the day Mr. Bradham disappeared,” a statement from District Attorney Spencer Merriweather read.
“When confronted with this information, Hayward confessed to the murder.”
Police also didn’t have to search hard for him; you might not be surprised to learn that he was already in custody on an unrelated warrant.
The trial began Jan. 16, and it certainly wasn’t the O.J. trial when it came to duration, given that he was convicted last week.
Hayward was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole by the trial judge.
Carico Rodriquez Hayward was given a second chance. Most offenders deserve one.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t even wait until his probation was done to offend again — and he apparently forgot that authorities could check on his every move.
Now, he’s in a place where they can also check on his every move, every hour of the day, for the rest of his life.
The world is full of dumb criminals. Now, there’s one fewer on the streets.
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