*After 10 months of being behind bars following a guilty plea of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend because he couldn’t accept the fact that she wanted to break up with him, one man has had a change of heart, so to speak, and is now asking to recant that plea.
Video was recently released (scroll down) showing Donald Bricker describing to detectives how he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend, Miriam “Shade” Adebayo, in a Target parking lot last year in Germantown, Md. At the time of his admission, Bricker was hospitalized. He had attempted to flee the crime scene, crashed his truck in the process and was taken to the hospital — where the video was made.
Bricker had sent thousands of text messages to Shade — a beautiful, accomplished woman, as she tried to pull away. Now, in an lengthy, rambling request from his Montgomery County jailcell, the Maryland man wants to renege on that plea claiming his lawyer did not fully explain the consequences of a guilty plea.
He also claims that he was high on prescription drugs when he admitted to the murder, and now, 10 months later, has had trouble thinking clearly.
OK. But she is still dead…Are you trying to say you DIDN’T kill her or just admit you didn’t realize the consequences of admitting to it?
“I have been in a state of duress the entire time of my incarceration,” he wrote.
Montgomery Circuit Judge Joseph Dugan briefly addressed the request in court Thursday when Bricker returned with his intentions to recant his initial plea. Further, he allowed Bricker to fire his attorney but told him to move quickly to secure another one for a future court date; where he could represent his case at greater length.
“You need to get your folks cracking if they’re going to find somebody else,” Dugan said, adding, “You understand that, Mr. Bricker?”
“Yes, sir,” Bricker said.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out as plea hearings are very strict; with the judge asking the defendant a series of questions to ensure he is aware of what is happening. In Brickers case, he answered affirmatively at every turn after being questioned by Dugan for 25 minutes.
In the video below Bricker describes the events leading up to the shooting.
Video from Montgomery County Circuit Court Records