Edgard Fuentes, First-Degree Murder Suspect Who Set Wife On Fire, Found Dead In Jail Cell

By  //  January 23, 2018

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Palm Bay homicide defendant, 65-year-old Edgard Fuentes. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Palm Bay homicide defendant, 65-year-old Edgard Fuentes.

According to BCSO PIO Tod Goodyear, Fuentes was found dead at the Brevard County Jail shortly after midnight last Saturday, January 20.

Fuentes was being held on First Degree Premeditated Murder charges stemming from an incident that occurred on January 11, 2017 in the city of Palm Bay. Fuentes had been incarcerated since his arrest on February 1, 2017.

The investigation has revealed that Fuentes was housed in general population with a single cellmate.

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His cellmate left the room for approximately 15 minutes on the morning of January 20. Upon returning to the cell, the roommate observed Fuentes slumped forward with a sheet around his neck, attached to the bed frame.

The roommate immediately alerted corrections deputies who responded to the cell and attempted to revive Fuentes without success.

Fuentes left notes concerning his intentions for final arrangements and belongings.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Agent Don Reynolds at 321-633-8413.

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