The wife of former Austin detective Stephen Broderick said she feared he’d murder her and their kids last year, eight months before he shot her dead along with their daughter and daughter’s boyfriend while on bail for allegedly raping a teenage girl in his family.
Broderick, 41, was arrested on Monday walking along U.S. 290 after two people phoned police at around 7am. He was taken into custody without incident but had a pistol in his waistband.
On Sunday, Broderick shot Amanda, 35, his daughter Alyssa, 16, and Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons, then went on the run shortly after 11.42am.
Amanda’s attorney, who had been fighting to protect her from Stephen, confirmed her death to DailyMail.com on Monday. Alyssa and Willie were both named by their school district. Another child, believed to be Broderick’s son, was not harmed.
Broderick was a detective within the Travis County Sheriff’s Office until June 2020, when he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
While police never named the child sex assault victim, they did say it was a family member whose mother reported the crime.
In family court, Amanda said she feared he would seek revenge on her and the kids because the allegation had been made public.
He was released from custody 16 days after is arrest after posting a $50,000 bond. He was told not to go within 200ft of his daughter, Alyssa.
Amanda pleaded with the courts to grant her a protective order against him.
‘I’m afraid he will try to hurt me or my children, because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career. Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how,’ she said.
State District Judge Karen Sage agreed to remove the monitor despite Amanda’s pleas, claiming it was a ‘pretty common thing to do’.
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke that bond on Sunday, after he’d already killed his wife, daughter and daughter’s boyfriend.
In a statement confirming Alyssa and Willie’s deaths, the Elgin School District said: ‘We are heartbroken by the news of this senseless tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Willie Simmons III and Alyssa Broderick.
‘Although Alyssa withdrew from Elgin ISD back in the fall, she was an Elgin ISD student from 2009 to October 2020.
‘She was an excellent student and athlete, enrolled in our Early College High School program and played on our girls’ basketball team.
‘Willie was a senior at Elgin High School.
‘He was an exceptional young man and leader among his peers.
‘Strong, both academically and athletically, he represented the very best of Elgin ISD.
‘He was the Captain of our football team; a friend to everyone he met; and most recently, recruited to play football for the University of North Texas,’ Elgin School District said in a statement.
Friends of the pair say they were both destined ‘for greatness’.
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Source: Daily Mail