75-year-old Sharpes man found dead, roommate faces charge of murder

  • In US
  • 2022-06-28 20:13:55Z
  • By Florida Today

Support local journalism. Unlock unlimited digital access to floridatoday.com Click here and subscribe today.

A Sharpes man was arrested Monday and charged with killing a 75-year-old man earlier that morning, the Sheriff's Office said.

Juan Ortiz, 37, faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He is being held at Brevard County Jail without bond.Second-degree indicates the killing wasn't planned.

Gunman knew at least one hostage, sheriff says: Gunman fatally shot by deputies knew at least one of his hostages, Sheriff's Office says

Woman held hostage for five days in Cocoa: Sheriff's office: Woman raped, beaten, held hostage for five days at Cocoa man's home

Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on South Ridgewood Drive in Sharpes at about 11 a.m. Monday after a resident called and said Ortiz said he killed someone, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The caller told them Ortiz, who the caller did not know, had left the residence on foot.

Deputies searched the area and located Ortiz in the backyard of the residence attempting to conceal Juan Nunez's body, the Sheriff's Office said.

During their investigation, the Sheriff's Office found that Ortiz moved in with Nunez, the owner of the residence, on Sunday. Monday morning, Ortiz armed himself with a machete and hit Nunez multiple times, killing him.

The Sheriff's Office is still gathering information of the events leading up to Nunez's death.

Mike Pirolo of the public defender's office, who is representing Ortiz, was not available to comment.

Finch Walker is a Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Walker at 321-290-4744 or fwalker@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @_finchwalker

Support local journalism. Subscribe today.

This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Sharpes man faces murder charge after 75-year-old roommate found dead


More Related News

Vermont sheriff
Vermont sheriff's captain investigated for kicking detainee in groin
  • US
  • 2022-08-13 16:01:30Z

A sheriff's office captain who is campaigning to become sheriff is under investigation for kicking a man who was in custody.

Videos show NC sheriff
Videos show NC sheriff's deputies grabbing a road-rage suspect by the throat
  • US
  • 2022-08-13 11:00:00Z

The violent encounter cost one Lincoln County deputy his job for "series of excessive force incidents."

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: US