Grand Jury Indicts Woman On First-Degree Premeditated Murder of Her Father

By  //  May 19, 2015

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The Brevard County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Amber Maltese, 37, with first-degree premeditated murder in the late February death of her father, Alfred G. Megathlin, 60. (IRSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Amber Maltese, 37, with first-degree premeditated murder in the late February death of her father, Alfred G. Megathlin, 60.

The two shared a home at 2334 Golf Lake Circle, Unit 411, Melbourne.

Assistant State Attorney Michael Hunt presented the case to the Grand Jury, which heard from two witnesses, the Brevard County Medical Examiner and a Melbourne Police Department detective, before returning the charge.

Maltese has been held in jail since her arrest on February 28 by Indian River deputies.

She was driving erratically on Eau Gallie Boulevard when she came to the attention of Melbourne police officers.

Maltese rammed their patrol car with her vehicle and pushed them off the road before leading several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase down I-95 into Indian River County where she was finally stopped.

She was brought to the Brevard County Jail in March where she was subsequently arrested for the murder of her father.

Maltese is scheduled for a first appearance at the jail on Thursday.

UPDATE: MARCH 2, 2015

Homicide Victim’s Daughter Arrested In Traffic Incident

POLICE: Currently No Connection Between the Crash and the Homicide Case

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police Homicide Detectives are investigating a traffic incident involving Amber Maltese, 37, the daughter of homicide victim Alfred G. Megathlin.

Melbourne police identified Alfred G. Megathlin, 60, as the man discovered dead on Saturday morning at a condominium located at 2334 Golf Lake Circle in Melbourne. (See below stories)

According to the Melbourne Police Department, Maltese deliberately crashed her 2015 Toyota pickup into a Melbourne police car as she traveled westbound on Eau Gallie Boulevard at John Rhodes Boulevard in the early morning hours of February 28.

According to police, there is currently no connection between the crash and the homicide case.

After crashing into the patrol car, Maltese fled the scene and continued westbound with police in pursuit. The suspect then headed southbound on I-95 and accelerated to speeds up to 110 mph, according to police.

With the assistance of the Indian River County Sheriff Department, the vehicle was stopped and Maltese was taken into custody.

Police said that Maltese, upon colliding with the police vehicle, accelerated, pushing the patrol car off the roadway.

Neither officer was injured in the crash.

After crashing into the patrol car, Maltese fled the scene and continued westbound with police in pursuit. The suspect then headed southbound on I-95 and accelerated to speeds up to 110 mph, according to police.

With the assistance of the Indian River County Sheriff Department, the vehicle was stopped and Maltese was taken into custody.

She was booked into the Indian River County jail on multiple charges including Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, DUI, Aggravated Fleeing/Attempting to Elude with Property Damage and Driving while License was Suspended.

If you has any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls to CRIMELINE are anonymous and tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

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UPDATE: March 1, 2015

Melbourne PD Identifies Alfred Megathlin As Homicide Victim

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne police have identified Alfred G. Megathlin, 60, as the man discovered dead at a condominium located at 2334 Golf Lake Circle in Melbourne. (See map below)

At about 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers received a request to check on a resident who possibly needed medical attention.

Officers arrived on the scene and made entry into the condo where a man was found dead, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

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Melbourne police detectives are continuing their investigation and have not provided any additional information about Megathlin’s death.

If you has any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls to CRIMELINE are anonymous and tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

ORIGINAL STORY: February 28, 2015

Melbourne Police Investigating Suspicious Death As Homicide

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious death as a homicide at a condominium located at 2334 Golf Lake Circle in Melbourne, according to Melbourne police. (See map below)

At about 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, officers received a request to check on a resident who possibly needed medical attention.

Officers arrived on the scene and made entry into the condo where a man was found dead, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

The victim’s name has not be released pending notification of next of kin.

If you has any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls to CRIMELINE are anonymous and tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

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ABOVE MAP: The Melbourne Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious death as a homicide at a condominium located at 2334 Golf Lake Circle in Melbourne.


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