Ex-Texas Sheriff's Deputy Indicted on Capital Murder Charges

Prosecutors say the deputy lost his job last year after being arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child

Police and emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal shooting, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Emergency responders say several people have been fatally shot in Austin and that no suspect is in custody. EMS spokeswoman Capt. Christa Stedman said early Sunday afternoon that it was still an active scene.
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A former Texas sheriff’s deputy was indicted on capital murder charges in the April shooting deaths of his ex-wife, teenage stepdaughter and the stepdaughter's boyfriend.

Travis County District Attorney José Garza announced in a press release Wednesday that a grand jury had returned the indictment against Stephen Broderick, 41.

Broderick was arrested after an overnight search following the April 18 shooting of Amanda Broderick, 34; Alyssa Marie Broderick, 17; and Willie Simmons III, 18, at a popular shopping area known as the Arboretum.

Broderick has been jailed since then and will be held without bail, the district attorney's office said. An attorney for him could not immediately be reached to comment on the indictment.

Prosecutors say Broderick lost his job as a sheriff’s deputy last year after being arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child. Court records show that a protective order on behalf of his ex-wife and two children had been filed against Broderick following that arrest in June.

Broderick was required to surrender his firearms and wear an ankle monitor to track his whereabouts, according to prosecutors. Police did not say where Broderick got the weapon used in the April shooting.

Broderick was taken into custody on a rural road about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the shooting just after sunrise the following day, according to police.

“Our office is committed to doing everything we can to hold Mr. Broderick accountable and ensure that he causes no more harm to our community,” Garza said.

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