The son and stepdaughter of convicted Motel 6 strangler Tracey Bradley, seen here, went before judges on their criminal cases this week.
The son and stepdaughter of convicted Motel 6 strangler Tracey Bradley, seen here, went before judges on their criminal cases this week.

It's been quite a week for the children of York County's convicted Motel 6 strangler, both of whom appeared before judges in a two-day period on unrelated cases.

Taray Bradley, 24, of 308 E. South St., was arrested on a fugitive warrant over the weekend and arraigned Sunday on his outstanding theft charge, according to the county's central booking unit.

He remains free on his own recognizance, accused of stealing a Sunday paper worth $1.50, according to charging documents.

He was walking in the 900 block of Haines Road in Springettsbury Township when he took a newspaper lying on the driveway of a home in the block, police said. The home's resident called police, who confronted Bradley a few blocks away.

Bradley admitted to the theft, saying he wanted to see who "won the game last night," documents state.

Trap laid: The resident told officers she suspected someone had been stealing her Sunday papers, so on May 27 she left the paper on her driveway and waited to see what would happen, police said.

When she saw Bradley take the newspaper, she opened the door and yelled that she'd seen him steal it, documents state.

Kept walking: Bradley merely turned around, waved and kept walking, police allege.

Springettsbury Township Police filed a theft charge against Bradley by mail, but he never responded to his summons on the charge, according to the office of District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.

A fugitive warrant was issued for him Oct. 2, court records state. He was arrested by police on that warrant over the weekend, officials said.

Dad's a killer: Bradley is the son of Tracey Raynard Bradley, who in September 2012 was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery and related offenses for strangling 72-year-old Lee Choppin in the victim's room at the Motel 6 on Arsenal Road in Manchester Township.

Bradley, his wife and adult stepdaughter were staying at the motel when he committed the murder on May 24, 2010. He later told police he did it to get money for his family.

Tracey Bradley is serving life in prison, plus 13-1/2 to 27 years.

Stepsister's plea: On Monday, Taray Bradley's stepsister, 25-year-old Enishia Bradley of York, pleaded guilty to theft and receiving stolen property for pawning items their father stole from Choppin during the murder.

She had no involvement in the murder, according to her defense attorney, Scott McCabe.

Illegal tape: The state attorney general's office took over her prosecution after she illegally taped a conversation she had with District Attorney Tom Kearney around the time she was supposed to be a cooperating witness and testify against her stepfather, according to Kearney.

During the conversation, Enishia Bradley said she couldn't remember her stepfather making a statement that incriminated him in the slaying.

She then gave the tape to state prosecutors and claimed Kearney was trying to pressure her regarding her testimony, according to Kearney, who said he did not pressure her.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.