Murder

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

Murder conviction of Rice upheld by courts

The First District Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal in the conviction of Mary Rice, the woman who assisted in a murder spree throughout northwest Florida and across state lines According to a State Attorney’s Office press release, Mary Barbara Craig Rice was sentenced to life in prison Sept. 28, 2018 for first degree […]

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

A Mary Esther man wanted for murder was taken into custody by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night in a parking lot outside a fast food restaurant, according to a press release. Eugene Bradley, 31, is charged with gunning down Christopher Black of Navarre at a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther July […]

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

After more than four years, witness statements about a homicide in Milton have led Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest the victim’s previous roommate Monday. John Travis Palmer has been charged with first-degree felony homicide for allegedly shooting the victim in the head according the arrest report provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Santa Rosa […]

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

A Navarre murder suspect in custody hung himself in his cell Friday morning according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed to Navarre Press that Robert Shane Lucas, 51, took his own life at approximately 5 a.m. Friday. According to Johnson, Lucas was not on suicide watch at the time of the […]

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

A Gulf Breeze man who violently murdered his mother due to hallucinations is set to move to a less restrictive care unit at Florida State Hospital. William Brandon Aydelott has been involuntarily institutionalized for the violent murder of his mother since 2016.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

A jury indicted Robert Shane Lucas of Navarre Wednesday for the murder of Carrie Lynn Brewer. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Lucas was indicted by the Grand Jury in Santa Rosa County for the first degree premeditated murder of Brewer at 2212 Fulva Drive in Navarre on or about Feb. 3. In addition to the […]

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

                The hunt for a Navarre man accused of killing his mother-in-law came to an end in a high-speed chase through multiple Gulf Breeze neighborhoods Feb. 6. Robert Shane Lucas, 51, was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m., less than 24 hours after the body of missing woman […]

Tragedy leaves legacy

Tragedy leaves legacy

In the evening hours of Jan. 12, 1993, Susan Morris, 21, was walking to her car in a parking lot at the back of the University of West Florida campus. She had been attending a late class, and she was expected to make her way home to her parents’ house later that evening. Read the […]

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

  Lori Musil was an artist. She was a mother, and she was the kind of person who “never met a stranger.” Musil texted her children goodnight every day. Musil was young and loving, and she took the time to go on outings with her children and grandchildren regularly. Her grandchildren referred to her as […]

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

In an unexpected turn of events, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in New York. September 12, deputies received a call about a stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputies walked the victim through locating the phone through an app, which […]

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

In November 1988 a Milton cab driver went missing. A few days later his bloodstained cab was found hidden in some woods. The body was found 12 miles away with two shot gun wounds to the chest. Evidence showed that the man had been shot at close range inside the car. The bullet fragments were […]

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

On Christmas Eve of 2013, Brandon Aydelott, a 17-year-old boy suffering from schizophrenia-induced hallucinations, beat and stabbed his mother to death in the doorway of her Gulf Breeze home. Now his lawyers are seeking a portion of her life insurance policy for him. After a lengthy back and forth between attorneys as to Aydelott’s competency […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

From murder to forgiveness ten years to heal

From murder to forgiveness ten years to heal

As of Saturday, it has been 10 years since the body of 21-year-old Josh Whittier was found on the beach behind Juana’s Pagodas. His mother was sure he was murdered. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Mary Rice files to restrict trial publicitiy

Mary Rice files to restrict trial publicitiy

Mary Rice, suspected accomplice to four homicides committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr., filed a motion to restrict publicity of pre-trail hearings. The motion will be heard by Judge John Simon Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. The motion lists the reasons for the restriction to include the level of media coverage that has already been […]

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Questions remain as to the extent of Mary Craig Rice’s involvement in the homicide spree across two states committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

$750,000 BOND FOR WOMAN ACCUSED IN FLORIDA, ALABAMA KILLINGS Mary Rice made her first court appearance via video Thursday afternoon in Santa Rosa County, where she’s charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The 37-year-old woman was extradited from Georgia to Florida Wednesday. She also faces murder charges in neighboring Escambia County, Florida, […]

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday evening after officers surrounded him in a West Point, Georgia motel room said Escambia County Sheriff  David Morgan. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

The death penalty is now off the table for the man accused of shooting two Milton residents to death in their home July 2014 not because of the nature of the crime, but because of chaos in the court system. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Stabbing investigation complete, still no arrests

Stabbing investigation complete, still no arrests

More than a month after the stabbing occurred, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has completed it’s investigation into the death of 19 year old Daniel Jebadiah Bubanas. Yet officers have still yet to name a culprit, and no arrests have been made. Bubanas was stabbed during a night of partying at a popular […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport. MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 9

FLORIDA COLLEGE STUDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN FACE-BITING ATTACK A Martin County grand jury formally charged 19-year-old Austin Harrouff on Tuesday with two murder counts, attempted murder and burglary. Harrouff was initially charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 attack on 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta […]

Aydelott found not guilty due to insanity

Aydelott found not guilty due to insanity

Brandon William Aydelott was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, Oct. 11 for the brutal Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharon Aydelott at a judge trial. Dr. Scott Benson a defense expert in psychology and previous evaluator of Aydelott said that Aydelott had schizophrenia that caused delusional ideation as well as auditory hallucinations […]

Aydelott faces judge trial date

Aydelott faces judge trial date

The final date has been set for murder suspect and Gulf Breeze native Brandon William Aydelott, 20, to stand trial Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott. Aydelott will face a trial by judge rather than a jury state attorney Bill Eddins said. “In a case like this where […]

Trial date set in Aydelott murder

Trial date set in Aydelott murder

The court declared William Brandon Aydelott, 20, competent to stand trial for the murder of his mother Wednesday, July 27, after the results of a second psychological evaluation were heard by Judge John Simmons Jr. The trial is set to begin in October. The presentation of the official report is a formality, as evaluating doctor […]

Evaluation finds Aydelott competent to stand trial

Evaluation finds Aydelott competent to stand trial

After three years, 20-year-old William Brandon Aydelott may finally stand trial for the brutal Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott. At a June 2 hearing, the judge granted a defense attorney request for another doctor to evaluate Aydelott before his case goes to trial. Dr. Scott Benson had not finished his official report […]

Common sense gun control

Common sense gun control

Little by little, piece by piece our liberty seems to be stripping away.  It happens so gradually that we don’t even notice it until it’s too late.  It’s likened to parents who see their little toddler every day and don’t see the gradual growth, but someone who hasn’t seen the child in a while is […]

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

A court hearing with a second expert set for July 19 could decide whether Gulf Breeze native William Brandon Aydelott will finally be found competent to stand trial for murder after a nearly two-and-half-year delay. He was charged with the Christmas Eve murder of his mother, Holley-Navarre Middle school teacher Sharon Lynn Aydelott, back in […]