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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

[FL] Slow motion waiting for who killed Pam

...The gun was in his hand. But how did she die? Authorities are not saying, except to point out the obvious: There were no signs of trauma... They're awaiting laboratory results on evidence from the house, although they will not say what they are testing or what tests they are performing...

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DEATH OF ATTORNEY'S WIFE SHROUDED IN MYSTERY
Orlando Sentinel, FL
Rene Stutzman
February 4, 2009
[Excerpts] NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Who killed second-grade teacher Pamela Palmer Brady? Police aren't sure. Investigators suspected initially that she committed suicide. Her body was found in bed, next to that of her husband, longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement attorney Steve Brady. He had shot himself in the head. The gun was in his hand. But how did she die? Authorities are not saying, except to point out the obvious: There were no signs of trauma. Both bodies were found Sept. 22, more than four months ago. Still, police and the Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office continue to investigate. They're awaiting laboratory results on evidence from the house, although they will not say what they are testing or what tests they are performing... "It seems to be a mystery," said next-door neighbor Audrey Kirkpatrick. "It's a puzzlement to me, a real puzzlement." The last day anyone saw them alive -- Saturday evening, two days before their bodies were found -- Pamela, 56, did not appear to be planning for the end. She was grading papers turned in by her second-grade students at Crystal Lake Elementary School in Lake Mary. Steve, 58, was out of work, having just resigned because of a sex scandal at FDLE, where he had worked for 23 years. The husband of the woman he had been seeing caught the two together. Someone called 911, and the FDLE launched an internal investigation... Six days later, he and his wife were dead... During that gap between Brady's resignation and his death, he had an attorney prepare a new will. The couple signed identical versions -- one for Pamela, one for Steve -- about 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, three days before their bodies were found. Michael Taylor, an insurance agent, served as an official witness. "I think he knew on Friday . . . what he wanted to do," Taylor said. As for Pamela, "I don't think she said two words," Taylor said. "I don't think she had any clue what was going to happen three days later"... Pamela, a public-school teacher for 27 years, was set to retire in nine months. Steve, before the affair, had planned to retire from FDLE in 2010... [Full article here]

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