Verbal Dispute Turns Fatal Between Two Men, Suspect Arrested and Charged With Manslaughter

By  //  January 16, 2016

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 51–year-old Warren Buchanan (left) , of Titusville, in connection with the death of 67-year-old German Heredia (right) according to Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 51–year-old Warren Buchanan, of Titusville, in connection with the death of 67-year-old German Heredia, according to Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Homicide Unit took Buchanan into custody last night after a warrant was issued for his arrest by a judge charging him with Manslaughter.

The suspect was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on $50,000 bond.

The investigation began on January 5, when deputies responded to a residence in Mims in response to a 911 call reference an elderly man who was unresponsive.

Maj. Tod Goodyear

Maj. Tod Goodyear

“The investigation has determined that the victim and his granddaughters were walking their dogs in the area of 2120 Rudge Drive in Mims when a verbal altercation started between the victim and Buchanan,” said Maj. Tod Goodyear.

“The victim walked up to the fence that Buchanan was standing behind and continued the argument, which was determined to be over the victim possibly touching Buchanan’s truck.”

“During the argument, Buchanan struck the victim in the face causing him to fall and strike his head on the concrete driveway. The victim became unresponsive and law enforcement and medical personnel were summoned to the scene,” said Goodyear.

The victim was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he subsequently died from his injuries.

The victim’s body was taken to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner of Brevard County who concluded that the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma.

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The Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Anyone who may have information about this death investigation is asked to call Agent Marlon Buggs 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.


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