Sheffield Man Charged In Girlfriend’s 2012 Death
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been more than a year since a Sheffield woman died at her boyfriend’s home. Now that man is accused of the woman’s death.
The autopsy came back as undetermined, but new information allowed prosecutors to hand down an indictment.
According to police, Bradley Wade Hill called 9-1-1 on June 4th, 2012, and EMT’s were dispatched to his home on Jackson Court.
Emergency responders found Tina Vendetti unresponsive. Police believe she had been dead for nearly four days before the woman’s boyfriend ever called for help.
“It`s definitely an up and down case,” said Sheffield Police Chief, Greg Ray. “The day we were there, every investigator, including myself, was pretty sure that she was a homicide victim.”
Hill was taken into custody and questioned about the woman’s death, however, the coroner could not determine a cause of death.
Ray says the game changer in this case was the toxicology report.
“They found she had nothing in her system that would have killed her,” said Ray, which caused investigators to take a closer look at the evidence. Detectives presented the case to a Colbert County grand jury. Now, Hill is accused of manslaughter and abuse of a corpse.
“It`s kinda like a policeman`s nightmare, you know this guy is out there and that he`s done something wrong but you have to have the tools you need to prove it,” said Ray about the delay in charges filed.
Investigators say at the time of Vendetti’s death, Hill was out on probation for a separate killing. In 1999, Hill was convicted of manslaughter for a shooting and sent to jail.
“That certainly raises his eyebrows,” said Ray.
Now prosecutors plan to move forward in this death investigation and Ray says, authorities hope for a conviction, in order to bring closure to this case, and closure to the victim’s family.
Police say Hill did not check on the woman, or try to render aid, the four days she was dead on the living room floor, which is why he’s also charged with abuse of a corpse.