Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- Teara Dominique Fatico spoke softly and calmly as she told a Niagara County Court jury how she, a friend and her then boyfriend, Matthew “Bones” Davis, plotted to rob Antoine Bradberry.
It wasn’t until the day after she went to Bradberry’s Rainbow Boulevard apartment, Fatico said, that she learned the robbery had resulted in murder.
Fatico was one of the first witnesses called by prosecutors in the trial of Davis which began on Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in the slaying of Bradberry.
Police investigators have described Davis as the mastermind in the Bradberry murder. Fatico also claimed that robbing Bradberry was Davis’s idea.
Fatico, 22, has already ready pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree burglary in the Bradberry case and is serving a 13-year state prison sentence. Another co-defendant, Chasity Wilson, 21, has also pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree burglary and is serving a 13-year prison term.
Wearing a drab, brown prison uniform, Fatico frequently looked directly at Davis as she testified but the mother of a 2-year-old daughter showed no emotion while she spoke.
Fatico said she met Bradberry on Facebook, where he would often comment when she posted pictures of herself. She said she chatted with him on-line for a few months, despite being involved with Davis.
On Aug. 21, 2011, Fatico said Bradberry sent her a message asking to meet her. Davis was at Fatico’s house when she read the message.
“He (Davis) looked kind of shocked (when he saw the message),” Fatico said. “(Davis) said he knew (Bradberry), he said he had a child with his cousin.”
Davis told Fatico that she could go and meet Bradberry and “see what I could get out of him.”
Fatico said Davis sent a message back to Bradberry saying she would meet him and bring along a friend (Wilson). Wilson had met Fatico because she was dating her cousin and they had become friends who would “go out together sometimes.”
“I was going to Mr. Bradberry’s (apartment) to see what he had there,” Fatico testified. “(Whether he had) anything valuable, such as drugs or money.”
“For what purpose?” First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann asked.
“To take it,” Fatico replied.
Hoffmann asked whose idea it was to rob Bradberry and Fatico said, “Matthew’s.”
Fatico said Davis then drove her and Wilson to Bradberrys’ apartment, dropping them off a block away so they could walk up without his van being seen. Bradberry met the two women outside and then brought them into the apartment building through a locked security door.
Once they were in the apartment, Fatico said she and Wilson were “smoking marijuana and drinking” with Bradberry. She also said she was texting with Davis on her cell phone.
“I texted (Davis) that I didn’t really see anything (valuable) and that we were chillin’,” Fatico said. “(Davis texted), ‘That’s not what you went up there to do.’”
Fatico said she left the apartment and went out to see Davis, then she went back inside. A short time later, she and Wilson told Bradberry they had to leave.
As the two women went to the apartment building lobby, Fatico saw Davis waiting by the door and Wilson spotted a surveillance camera pointing at the door.
The trio then drove to a gas station off of 19th Street.
“Me and Chasity told (Davis) we had seen some marijuana, but it wasn’t much,” Fatico said. “Maybe a couple of jars and that there might be some more drugs in the apartment, but maybe not.”
Fatico said Davis was “upset” and told the two women to contact Bradberry again and tell him they were coming back. When they returned to Bradberry’s apartment building, Wilson was supposed to use her cell phone case to prop open the security door so Davis could get in.
But Fatico said that didn’t work, so after Davis texted her to tell the door was locked, she left the apartment and let Davis in. Once Davis was inside, Fatico went to his van and waited.
Five minutes later, Wilson came out and hopped in the back seat of the vehicle.
“She was out of breath,” Fatico said. “She told me Matthew and Mr. Bradberry were fighting.”
Prosecutors and investigators claim Bradberry was killed after being held down on his sofa and asphyxiated with a shirt.
Fatico told the jury a half hour after she left the apartment, Davis came out and got in the van. He was holding a white garbage bag.
Inside the bag, Fatico said Davis had two jars of marijuana. When she asked Davis what had happened, he told her, “Nothing really happened.”
Fatico said Davis gave Wilson $50 for her part in the plot.
The following day, Davis asked Fatico and Wilson what had happened the night before. When Wilson started to recount what happened, Davis stopped her and told her, “Naw, we was chillin’. Nothing happened.”
On Aug. 23, Fatico said Davis called her and told, “Mr. Bradberry had passed away.” The following day, Fatico said, she awoke to find her home “surrounded by police.”
Fatico said she lied to police about being at Bradberry’s apartment and tried to delete text messages and pictures of Davis from her phone. She also called Davis, who told her to meet him in Buffalo.
When Fatico arrived in Buffalo, she said Davis had left town.
Her testimony in the case will resume later this morning.