Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, 23, was found dead Friday morning in rural Taylor County. She was last seen Wednesday night near Forestmeadows Park (in Tallahassee), where she was helping police in a supervised buy bust. Two men, Andrea J. Green and Deneilo Bradshaw, have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. Murder charges are pending, according to TPD. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting in the investigation.
"Today is Mother's Day, and today, Rachel Hoffman's mother will spend her day preparing for a funeral and the burial of her only daughter, who was taken in a senseless and extreme act of violence," attorney Johnny Devine said Sunday at a news conference.
Devine and attorney Danielle Joyner Kelley said the family needs answers, but police have not been forthcoming.
"They are left to speculate about the last night of their daughter's life," Joyner Kelley said. "That is reprehensible."
Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones will be reviewing the facts of Hoffman's operation to make sure the officers involved were following the correct procedures. Jones will make adjustments to protocol if necessary. McCranie said it's too early to say whether the officers should have done anything differently.
TO THIS I SAY BULL!!! This story smells so bad the Police chief needs to call in outside investigators (not from Florida) and put himself on suspension immediately. All the facts of this story need to be released NOW and as they are known and uncovered. There is no reason to hide from the public any facts relating to this story.
This is the War on Drugs gone unchecked. This is a Police Department gone unchecked. This Stinks worse than:
Starke County, Ohio and Hillsborough County, Florida
In those instances people were hurt. This time a person was killed.
Hoffman, 23, was never charged with a crime or booked into jail as a result of a recent run-in with the law, but Police Chief Dennis Jones has said she faced multiple drug-related charges.
Hoffman, a 2007 Florida State University graduate, had recently become an informant for the Tallahassee Police Department after multiple drugs were found in her apartment, police said. She was also in a diversion program after a 2007 drug charge.
Her attorneys and the State Attorney's Office say they were not aware she was working with police.
"My job is to keep her out of harm's way, but I didn't have an opportunity because I didn't know," Devine said.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said it's common practice for his office to be notified when someone already in the justice system is recruited as an informant.
"I am not aware of that ever happening before," Meggs said of not being notified. "Typically, we do know."
“Rachel Hoffman was last seen alive at Forestmeadows Park while attempting to assist police by buying drugs and a gun from two men. Her body was found in Taylor County, and two men are suspected of her murder. It’s not clear what went wrong, except that police appear to blame Hoffman by saying she didn't follow their established procedures.”
“Sonnenschein said he thought of Hoffman as a "flower girl" and a "muse."
Sonnenschein said he had chastised Hoffman for the way she ran her marijuana "business" out of her apartment in east Tallahassee.
"I used to tell her that her traffic was ridiculous," he said. "It was like 7-Eleven sometimes."
Alright, the chick was dealing. She was in a drug diversion program and gets busted again? But they don't charge her? What did they do? BLACKMAIL HER????? O.k. so what does that mean. She obviously has a drug problem? So you got a 23 yo girl with a drug problem fresh out of college apparently and not real bright or naïve enough about dealing that even her friends know she's off the chain. She's got a problem or problems and this is who the police choose as an informant and use to try and purchase a gun???? Hellooooooooo.............. Anybody else think this stinks.
Read the the Story, read the links, spread this story around the country. As we noted in the stories re: Starke County Ohio and Hillsborough, Fl. The Police are off the chain.
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TALLAHASSEE CITIZENS YOU DESERVE THE ANSWERS NOW. IS YOUR KID WORKING FOR THE COPS???????????Add to Technorati Favorites