John Dwyer Charged With Premeditated Murder

By  //  May 1, 2014

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suspected of killing Joan Meta Justis

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ABOVE MAP: The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call and was told a woman was dead inside an apartment at the Cypress Cove Apartments, located at 7667 North Wickham Road in Melbourne. Agents then discovered the body of 52-year-old Joan Meta Justis.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year-old John Dwyer and charged him with first degree premeditated murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, 52-year-old Joan Meta Justis.

he Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year-old John Dwyer and charging him with first degree premeditated murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, 52-year-old Joan Meta Justis. (BCSO image)

he Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year-old John Dwyer and charging him with first degree premeditated murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, 52-year-old Joan Meta Justis. (BCSO image)

Dwyer was taken to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a no bond status.

The Sheriff’s Office said they received a telephone call and was told a woman was dead inside an apartment at the Cypress Cove Apartments, located at 7667 North Wickham Road in Melbourne. Deputies then discovered the body of Justis on Wednesday night around 10 p.m.

The body of the victim was taken to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was conducted. Preliminary results of the examination concluded that Justis was the victim of a homicide due to strangulation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, evidence from the scene led investigators to believe that the death was a homicide.

Dwyer fled the scene after the victim was killed and Agents located Dwyer at a local motel where he was taken into custody.

The body of the victim was taken to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was conducted. Preliminary results of the examination concluded that Justis was the victim of a homicide due to strangulation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Agent Joe Martin of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.


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