Bradley arraignment Thursday
Published 7:41 am Wednesday, February 21, 2007
By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
A Thursday arraignment date has been set for Margaret Breland-Bradley and her husband, Charles Bradley Jr., who have been accused of using public property for personal gain in a grand jury indictment announced last week.
Hugh R. Evans III, general counsel in the legal division of the Alabama Ethics Commission, said his office investigated the Bradleys on a complaint that was filed with the state office.
Billy, along with Investigator Charles Aldridge with the AEC, presented evidence uncovered by the commission to the grand jury, Evans said.
Evans also expressed his appreciation for the swift action taken by Billy in the matter.
The investigation revealed enough evidence to bring six counts of ethics violation charges against Breland-Bradley and three counts of theft of property against Bradley.
The couple turned themselves in at the Escambia County Sheriff's Department on Friday to face arrests on the charges against them.
Breland-Bradley is the former director for Alabama State University's Brewton campus at the old Southern Normal School location. She was placed on leave last year from that position. Her contract was not renewed while an investigation was being conducted.
She is also a former Escambia County Schools superintendent, a position she lost in 2003 when the board did not renew her contract.
Charles Bradley was charged with one count of first-degree theft of property and two counts of second-degree theft of property.
Each was released on a $10,000 in bond, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
According to the indictment, Breland-Bradley: