AUSTIN — The boy was only a few days shy of his 10th birthday on the morning that he would see his mother, his half-sister and her boyfriend alive for the final time, as they pulled right into a parking zone for a scheduled supervised go to together with his estranged father.
As an alternative of greeting his son with a hug and presents, the daddy rammed his automobile into the household’s automobile, pulled a handgun and commenced to fireside with out warning, the boy advised police, forcing him to flee and search shelter in a passing driver’s automobile, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Police investigators have accused the boy’s father, Stephen Broderick, 41, of capturing to loss of life his wife, Amanda Broderick, 35; his stepdaughter, 17-year-old Alyssa Broderick; and the daughter’s boyfriend, 18-year-old Willie Simmons.
As he raced away, the boy flagged down somebody who was driving on a close-by street. He scrambled into her automobile and advised her to name 911, they usually drove away, an affidavit says. As he gave the witness a frantic recounting of what occurred, he advised her that his father was mad at his mom about their divorce.
One other lady was there on the time of the capturing, to facilitate supervised visits between the couple and their son, Stephen Broderick’s arrest affidavit revealed. Amanda Broderick was supposed to drag into the parking zone on Nice Hills Path in Northwest Austin late that morning and launch the boy to the supervisor.
Usually, the supervisor advised detectives, she would take the boy inside after which look ahead to Stephen to reach quarter-hour later for the supervised go to.
However simply as she was about to drag into the parking zone, she heard what appeared like a automobile crash, adopted by gunshots, and she or he noticed two girls mendacity lifeless on the bottom and a person who was mendacity on the bottom and struggling to breathe.
She additionally noticed the person she acknowledged as Stephen Broderick strolling away from the scene, the affidavit says.
Stephen Broderick, a former property crimes detective with the Travis County sheriff’s workplace, is charged with capital homicide and is being held with out bail on the Travis County Jail.
He was charged last summer with sexually assaulting a child and fired from the sheriff’s workplace after his arrest.
After he was jailed final 12 months, Broderick posted bail, which was set at $50,000. The courts ordered him to not contact or go inside 200 toes of the kid whom investigators stated he assaulted. Broderick additionally was ordered to put on a GPS monitoring machine, however state District Choose Karen Sage later allowed him to take away that monitor.
In an software for a protecting order after Broderick’s arrest, the lady stated she nervous about her security and that of the kids.
“I am afraid he’ll attempt to harm me or (the) youngsters, as a result of these allegations have come out and he could lose his profession,” she acknowledged. “Stephen has prior navy expertise and is SWAT educated. If he needed to harm somebody, he would understand how.”