Hearing reveals possible blood samples linking man to Johnson City man’s murder

The murder charged against Bradley was bound over to a grand jury.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A preliminary hearing was held Thursday morning for Randall Keith Bradley, a man charged with murder in the death of a 72-year-old Johnson City man.

Police charged Bradley in the October death of Otis Church and on Thursday, a detective testified that Church died from two deep wounds in his neck.

On Thursday, prosecutors put two witnesses on the stand. One of the witnesses was a detectives investigating the case and the other was neighbor who testified she Bradley walking down the road toward Church’s house.

A neighbor said she saw Bradley pass by and after hearing screams and she said he was carrying a large white plastic bag that he did not have before.

Bradley told police he walked past Church’s home the day of the murder, but said he did not see Church and had never been inside his home.

However, police said blood samples from inside the home matched up with Bradley.

An investigator recalled the crime scene where he found Church. The investigator said they found a small sample of blood in Church’s closet and what looked like a dry cleaning bag. That sample, police say, was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for processing.

Officers found Church dead inside a screened in porch at his St. Louis Street home on Halloween night in 2016.

Prosecutors also presented medical records from the VA hospital on October 31 that showed that Bradley had multiple scratches on his face and arms when he was admitted.

Bradley and his attorney requested that his bond be reduced because of some psychiatric history, but prosecution pointed to his long criminal history and the judge left his bond at $100,000.

The murder charged against Bradley was bound over to a grand jury.

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