Stephen Broderick, the previous sheriff’s detective charged with killing three folks, together with his estranged spouse and teenage daughter in Austin, Texas Sunday, was accused by his spouse in a protecting order of raping their teenage daughter and she or he warned that he was harmful and mentioned the household didn’t really feel protected, in line with courtroom paperwork obtained by Fox Information.
The stunning allegations had been outlined in a protecting order that Amanda Broderick, 35, filed in a Travis County courtroom on June 25, 2020 — about three weeks after the alleged rape occurred.
Within the protecting order, Amanda alleged that her daughter approached her on June three and mentioned her father, Stephen Broderick, “had been inappropriately touching her.”
Amanda mentioned she took the lady to a youngsters’s hospital the place they carried out a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and alerted police. She mentioned advised her that her father had raped her on different events.
“I am afraid he’ll attempt to harm me or [the] youngsters, as a result of these allegations have come out and he might lose his profession,” Amanda wrote. “Stephen has prior army expertise and is SWAT skilled. If he wished to harm somebody, he would understand how.”
Three days after the alleged rape, U.S. Marshals arrested Broderick. Broderick, who on the time was a Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace detective, was positioned on administrative go away, in line with an arrest affidavit cited by Austin’s KXAN.
He spent 16 days in jail earlier than posting a bail of $50,000. A courtroom then ordered Broderick to not contact or go inside 200 toes of the teenager, and to put on a GPS monitoring system. Broderick’s bail situations additionally reportedly prohibited him from possessing any firearms.
Within the protecting order, Broderick’s daughter wrote that she “felt protected after my dad had been arrested and he was in jail, however now that he is out I do not … really feel protected.”
“I am afraid that to him, a protecting order can be only a piece of paper,” the teenager wrote. “I am fearful that he’ll come after my household and attempt to take my brother. I am afraid he would possibly harm me or my mother for coming ahead.”
Simply 5 months later with the case nonetheless pending, a Travis County choose ordered the GPS system to be eliminated, the Austin American-Stateman reported.
The information outlet, citing a written movement to the courtroom from Broderick’s lawyer, mentioned the lawyer argued that his shopper wore the digital monitor for practically 150 days with no substantial violations, justifying its elimination.
Broderick was arrested early Monday morning lower than 24 hours after allegedly capturing his ex-wife, their daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend in Austin Sunday afternoon.
Police mentioned Broderick was assembly Amanda at Nice Hills Path and Rain Creek Parkway in northwest Austin for a scheduled go to with the couple’s son when a collision occurred and Broderick fired pictures, killing all three victims, earlier than fleeing the scene, police mentioned in a press launch.
Police initially mentioned the capturing may need stemmed from a home dispute however didn’t elaborate. The couple was going by a divorce, in line with the Austin American-Statesman, although police referred to Broderick as Amanda’s “former husband.”
The couple’s son, who police haven’t recognized, was current in the course of the capturing however was unhurt, police mentioned. He was later positioned away from the scene the place he was turned over to Austin cops.
Responding officers discovered the three victims with gunshot wounds mendacity close to two autos that appeared to have been concerned in a crash, police mentioned.
Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin Hearth Division personnel had been additionally current and tried life-saving measures on the three victims, however they had been pronounced deceased on scene.
The case stays underneath investigation as authorities work to find out a transparent motive for the slayings. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s workplace will conduct autopsies to find out an “official explanation for loss of life,” police mentioned.
Fox Information’ Greg Norman and Evie Fordham contributed to this report.