Woman Charged With First Degree Murder In Barefoot Bay Case
By Brevard County Sheriff // March 11, 2015
Jennifer Rose Trent, 36, of Barefoot Bay, Charged With First Degree Premeditated Murder
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jennifer Rose Trent, 36, of Barefoot Bay, charging her with First Degree Premeditated Murder in the death of 70-year-old Doris Johnston of Barefoot Bay.
Trent was arrested Wednesday morning after an arrest warrant was issued and is being held in the Brevard County Jail on a No Bond status.
The investigation into the death of Johnston began on January 22 after family members from out of state became concerned when they were unable to make contact with Johnston.
Deputies responded to the call for assistance and discovered Johnston’s body concealed in a shed behind Trent’s residence at 717 Bouganvillea Circle in Barefoot Bay.
According to the Brevard County Medical Examiner, Johnston suffered head trauma that would have rendered her incoherent. Trent then put Johnston in the shed, where she survived for several days before being suffocated by the suspect.
Investigators believe that the motive for the homicide was a scheme devised by Trent to gain access to the Johnston’s money and residence.
It was learned that Trent had made unauthorized purchases on the victim’s credit cards totaling approximately $15,000.
At the time the Johnston’s body was discovered, Trent was in possession of the victim’s credit cards and had created forged letters, giving her access to the victim’s financial accounts and residence.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information to please call Agent Joe Martin of the Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
You can also visit Crimeline.org or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.
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ABOVE MAP: Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents discovered Doris Johnston’s body concealed in a shed behind her residence at 717 Bouganvillea Circle in Barefoot Bay.