After we published the story on Rebecca Mendoza — a woman who alleges she killed her husband Michael Bradford because he had told her he helped Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine in a killing spree and that he would do the same with her — people close to the husband called to defend him.
Michael Bradford’s ex-wife, Sandra Parker said she didn’t leave him because he was abusive, as Mendoza alleges.
Parker said she left him because he was doing drugs at the time.
Parker said Michael Bradford did not take part in the Herzog and Shermantine killings but that he was a friend.
She said Shermantine had beat up Michael Bradford before.
She also said that on the day Shermantine was arrested, he was with Michael Bradford fishing.
His sister Patty Bradford also denies that Michael Bradford had anything to do with the killings. She said he also was not the abuser.
On the day Mendoza shot him, Patty Bradford said “My brother was going over to give her money. ”
They got into an argument and Mendoza shot him on the back, Patty Bradford said.
Patty Bradford said Mendoza had tried to set him on fire in bed before; that she had drugged him before.
Michael Bradford woke up in the hospital incapacitated — only able to move his eyes and lips.
“We had to keep telling him what happened, because he couldn’t believe it,” she said. “He didn’t want to live anymore.”
Michael Bradford died in the hospital five months after he was shot.
“He never beat her,” Patty Bradford said. “She was more of the person doing the beating. He just wanted to make her happy.
“She is just crazy.”