Jury selection begins for suspect in Reserve couple's murder

Jury selection begins in Reserve murder case
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 at 6:56 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jury selection has started for one suspect in the murder of a Reserve couple.

Police believe Stephen Bradley is just one of five people connected to the crime.

Bradley is accused of beating, binding and throwing Kenneth and Lekeitha Joseph off a bridge to their deaths.

Bradley is facing four charges - two second-degree murder charges, an obstruction of justice charge and a conspiracy to obstruct charge.

The Josephs were reported missing after their Reserve home was found unlocked and ransacked in February 2014.

Nearly one month later, Lakeitha Joseph's body was spotted in the intracostal waterway 12 days later. Her husband's body as also discovered.

Their bodies were found tied up with nylon rope and weighted down with kettle bells.

Bradley's co-defendants, Horatio Johnson and Brittany Martin, were caught on surveillance video purchasing those items the day after the Josephs went missing.

Johnson and Martin allegedly then approached Martin to dispose a Van used to transport the couple with their blood inside the vehicle.

Martin is believed to have cut a deal with prosecutors.

She was also facing murder charges, but pled guilty to one count of obstruction in exchange for her testimony against Johnson and Bradley.

In August, she testified against Johnson, securing his guilty verdict and a life in prison sentence.

Martin is expected to also testify in Bradley's trial in the coming days.

If Bradley is found guilty on one of those second-degree murder charges, he would be facing a mandatory life in prison sentence as well.

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