A 75-YEAR-old man was killed in a brutal machete attack by his roommate, who moved in hours before the slaying, police say.
Deputies confronted Juan Ortiz, 37, as he was attempting to conceal the body of his elderly roommate, deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office allege.
The sheriff’s office responded to a call near Cocoa, Florida, on Monday after a resident told police that a man stated he had killed someone.
Deputies arrived at 75-year-old Juan Nunez’s home to find Ortiz and the deceased victim in Nunez’s backyard.
Investigators determined that Ortiz moved into Nunez’s residence on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said in a media release.
In the morning hours of the next day, Ortiz allegedly used a machete to strike the victim multiple times, causing his death, according to police.
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Ortiz was in the process of concealing evidence when deputies arrived at the scene, investigators allege.
The circumstances that occurred prior to Nunez’s death have not been revealed by police.
Ortiz was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, the sheriff’s office news release said.
He is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex on no bail.
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He is set to appear in front of a judge on August 2.
This incident is still under investigation.