CONVICTED: Elkton Man Pleads Guilty to Girlfriend’s Murder

A two-year old heinous homicide case, that occurred in Giles County, has come to a close through a plea agreement and ruling.


Joseph Reginald Bradley, 33, was indicted by a grand jury in September 2015 for the first-degree murder of his girlfriend Deborah Dionne Cosby and two counts of aggravated child abuse.


Bradley, represented by Hershel Koger, entered a guilty plea Sept. 5, under an agreement with the district attorney, to second-degree murder and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Joseph Bradley leaves the Giles County Courthouse Sept. 5 after entering a plea of guilty to the 2015 murder of his girlfriend Deborah Dionne Cosby.   Trea Dunnavant / Pulaski Citizen


With the plea deal, Bradley received a 40-year sentence to be served at 100 percent for the murder charge and a 20-year sentence to be served concurrently at 100 percent for the child abuse charge.


22nd Judicial District Attorney General Brent Cooper expressed his satisfaction with the plea agreement out of his office’s main desire in caring for Bradley’s child.


“Had this gone to trial, we would have had to have his child testify,” Cooper said. “Keeping the child’s well-being is very important to us. The deal spared the child from testifying.”


The murder occurred April 14, 2015, at the 368 Drivers Chapel Road home in Elkton that Bradley and Cosby shared.


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