In July 2018, Brucetravious Frazier, a young black man from Auburn, Alabama, was the victim of a heinous shooting.
‘The Murder Tapes: Fled on Foot,’ a documentary on Investigation Discovery, examines how authorities pieced together what happened that evening using security footage and witness accounts before apprehending the perpetrator.
So, if you’re wondering why Bruce was singled out, we’ve got you covered.
What Caused Brucetravious Frazier’s Death?
Teresa Frazier and Bruce Penny had Brucetravious in December 1989. Bruce was one of three sisters and two brothers in a huge family.
He had an enthusiastic attitude and was often joking around, according to the 28-year-old. Bruce was also gay and unafraid to express himself. On July 23, 2018, tragedy struck the loving man in Opelika, Alabama.
Multiple calls of shots fired on the street were received about 7:48 p.m. that evening. When the cops arrived, they saw Bruce’s car parked off to the side of the road.
Inside, he was bleeding and lifeless in the driver’s seat. Bruce was hit in the head by a bullet. He was transferred to a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, after receiving care at the site, where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Who was Responsible for the death of Brucetravious Frazier?
Witnesses at the location told officers they heard gunshots but didn’t see the shooting. They quickly discovered that the gunshot occurred only a short distance away and that the car came to a stop later.
Authorities searched the area and discovered 14 9mm round casings close by, indicating that the gunman was stationed at the crossroads. Another woman was seen in the car, but she fled, perhaps shaken by what had happened.
The authorities eventually heard from the woman, Lartosha Robinson, a friend of Bruce’s, according to the episode. She claimed Bruce got into a verbal altercation with someone at the crossroads, who then started shooting at the car.
Lartosha ducked, pressed the gas pedal with her hand, and manoeuvred the car to safety before departing the scene while Bruce was injured. By that time, the gunman had been identified as Gregory Jacquan Todd, an 18-year-old Georgian. Later, Lartosha chose him from a photographic lineup.
Later, surveillance footage from the scene of the incident was inspected. Despite the fact that the shooting was captured on tape, officials think Gregory was seen fleeing afterward.
Lartosha’s mobile home was also shot at during the time he was on the run, according to the show. The US Marshals service finally tracked Gregory down to a trailer in Camp Hill, Alabama, some three weeks after the murder.
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What happened to Gregory Todd? Where Is He Now?
Gregory began to speak once he was taken into custody. He had spotted Bruce in the area a few times before, according to the show.
Gregory claimed that Bruce drove passed the crossroads and then circled around to him later that evening. Gregory, who had had enough, asked Bruce to cease staring at him at that point.
Following a verbal altercation, Gregory fired multiple shots at Bruce’s automobile, killing him.
Gregory eventually pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to 30 and 25 years in prison, respectively, in December 2020.
He was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for other offences, according to prison records. In Clio, Alabama, he is still held at the Easterling Correctional Facility. In September 2033, Gregory will be eligible for parole.