Murder of Rachel Hoffman

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Rachel M. HoffmanMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_0_0
BornMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_1_0 Rachel Morningstar Hoffman

December 17, 1984Murder of Rachel Hoffman_cell_0_1_1

DiedMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_2_0 May 7, 2008(2008-05-07) (aged 23)

FloridaMurder of Rachel Hoffman_cell_0_2_1

Body discoveredMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_3_0 Perry, FloridaMurder of Rachel Hoffman_cell_0_3_1
NationalityMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_4_0 AmericanMurder of Rachel Hoffman_cell_0_4_1
OccupationMurder of Rachel Hoffman_header_cell_0_5_0 College StudentMurder of Rachel Hoffman_cell_0_5_1

Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) was a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate, who was murdered while acting as a police informant in a botched drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_0

Her body was recovered two days later near Perry, Florida. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_1

Sting operation and death Murder of Rachel Hoffman_section_0

Hoffman was under drug court supervision for possession of 25 g (0.9 oz.) Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_2

of cannabis discovered during a traffic stop on February 22, 2007. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_3

On April 17, 2008, Tallahassee, Florida, police searched her apartment and uncovered another 151.7 g (5.328 oz.) Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_4

of cannabis, and four ecstasy pills. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_5

Hoffman faced a possible prison sentence if charged and convicted on criminal charges related to the discovered drugs. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_6

Police attempted to persuade her to identify other marijuana dealers to avoid the charges. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_7

She refused. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_8

The police then pressured her to act as a confidential informant in a drug sting operation instead in exchange for not being charged with additional drug charges. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_9

The purported goal of the operation was to buy 1,500 ecstasy pills, 2 oz. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_10

of cocaine, and two handguns, which was contrary to department policy, using $13,000 cash in a buy–bust operation. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_11

Hoffman's family stated that all three buys were very out-of-character for her. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_12

Two narcotics officers arranged for the drug buy at a specific location and were providing security for the buy. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_13

That was later deemed to be insufficient manpower to protect the informant and still apprehend the suspects. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_14

While she was at the drug buy, with the policemen monitoring, the two suspects changed the location of the buy. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_15

She was informed not to follow the suspects to the new location, but technical issues prevented her from actually receiving the instructions. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_16

Her police handlers lost track of her when she agreed with the suspects to change the plans and left the buy spot with the two suspects in their stolen silver BMW. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_17

While in transit, the two suspects allegedly executed her with the gun she was supposed to buy. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_18

Murder investigation and sentencing Murder of Rachel Hoffman_section_1

According to police documents, a witness described seeing the BMW stuck in a ditch, with a 2005 Volvo belonging to Hoffman idling nearby, between 7 pm and 7:30 pm, about 30 minutes after the police lost track of Hoffman. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_19

The witness claimed that the BMW drove off when he stopped to help the driver try to get the car out of the ditch, but the vehicle later returned as the witness was leaving. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_20

The witness claimed he became suspicious and decided to leave when the driver of the Volvo opened the trunk and revealed a camouflage blanket and neat stacks of female clothing. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_21

Deneilo R. Bradshaw, 23, and Andrea Jabbar Green, 25, who were fired from their jobs at a window tint and car detailing shop just days before the incident, were charged with armed robbery in connection with the events leading up to Hoffman's death. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_22

The Tallahassee Police Department admitted that Hoffman had no training to work undercover, she did not know the two men targeted in the sting, and she had no experience with cocaine or firearms and very little with MDMA. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_23

The officers involved in the operation were suspended with pay, and the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_24

The two buyers were charged by a grand jury with first degree murder. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_25

Details of the murder itself were not released at the time. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_26

Hoffman's story garnered many news headlines including a page on the Tallahassee Democrat website dedicated to information surrounding her death. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_27

20/20 covered the story on July 25, 2008, and Dateline NBC covered it on January 16, 2009. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_28

On December 17, 2009, which would have been Hoffman's 25th birthday, Bradshaw, one of the murder suspects, was found guilty of first-degree murder with robbery and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole plus 30 years (concurrent). Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_29

Greene was also convicted of Hoffman's murder and sentenced to life in prison. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_30

Rachel's Law Murder of Rachel Hoffman_section_2

On May 7, 2009, a law (dubbed "Rachel's Law") was passed by the Florida State Senate, which brought into effect on July 1, 2009, a number of requirements for law enforcement agencies in Florida regarding the use of police informants. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_31

While Rachel's Law became statewide policy for all police departments, at least one major city department began taking steps towards training on the new policies at least three months sooner than required. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_32

"Rachel's Law" requires law enforcement agencies to provide special training for officers who recruit confidential informants, instruct informants that reduced sentences may not be provided in exchange for their work, and permit informants to request a lawyer if they want one. Murder of Rachel Hoffman_sentence_33

See also Murder of Rachel Hoffman_section_3

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  • Death of Andrew Sadek, a confidential informant for police in North DakotaMurder of Rachel Hoffman_item_0_0

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: of Rachel Hoffman.