Former FAMU Football Player Slain

The body of O’Bryan Brandy, former Florida A&M football player, was discovered in the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 29 in the cab he had been driving. Four men, Davin Bowers, Derrick Butler, Nelson Alexander and Deondre Hansford, have been arrested in relation to the shooting which took place on Idlewild Drive near Apalachee Parkway.

The four suspects were interviewed by the Tallahassee Police Department in connection to the incident. The probable cause affidavit filled out by TPD states that a Whitney Penn alerted authorities after seeing one of the suspects with blood on Hansford’s shirt.

Included in the affidavit are responses from the four suspects during the interview. Both Bowers and Alexander told authorities they heard Hansford say “I burnt him.” Both said they understood that meant Hansford had killed the victim.

Bowers, who admitted to bringing the firearm into the Laura Lee Ave. residence and hiding it in the backyard, told police they concocted the plan after seeing a taxicab in the Apalachee Parkway Whataburger parking lot. Bowers said he had gotten the gun from a “crack head.”

“They got into Butler’s White Ford pick-up truck and began driving around the area attempting to find a good location for the robbery,” reads a portion of

Bowers’ response in the affidavit. A witness is mentioned in the affidavit as seeing a black man between 5-foot-1-inch and 5-foot-5-inches waiting at the location of the incident.

“The witness was walking a short distance later (within 3-5 minutes) and heard what sounded like a gunshot,” states the affidavit. “The witness described hearing a second bang, possibly another gunshot, and then a third louder pop like a definite gunshot.”

When Hansford was interviewed, he said he was left at Penn’s house and the three codefendants came back later to pick him up. When told of the inconsistencies in his story compared to the others, Hansford terminated the interview and requested an attorney.

Brandy, who was in the recruiting class of 2004, played football for FAMU after transferring from Mississippi.

Details are still emerging and the investigation is ongoing.