Police Officially Charge Suspect In Melbourne Murder

By  //  February 9, 2013

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DNA Evidence Revealed

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An arrest has been made in the murder of a Melbourne woman in January.

Matthew James Sharp of Melbourne, 22, was officially charged with First Degree Murder on Friday for the death of Leah Yoresh on Jan. 11. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Sgt. Sheridan Shelley of the Melbourne Police Department said Matthew James Sharp of 2160 Grand Teton Blvd. in Melbourne, 22, has been charged with murdering Leah Yoresh at her home at 1433 Albert Drive on Jan. 11.

Shelley said police officially charged Sharp on Friday with First Degree Murder.

Sharp was originally arrested Jan. 17 for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle after he and two other men were spotted driving Yoresh’s 2012 Hyundai in north Melbourne.

During the course of the murder investigation, crucial evidence was uncovered that connected Sharp to the homicide, Shelley said.

This evidence included bloody shoe prints at the murder scene that matched the shoes worn by Sharp.

In addition, Shelley said Crime Scene Technicians found blood on Sharp’s shoes. This blood was sent off for DNA testing and the results were a match for the victim.

Also, between the date of the murder and the day he was located in the stolen vehicle, Shelley said Sharp attempted to use Yoresh’s credit cards at different stores to purchase gas, food, video games and a television.

The manner in which Yoresh, 35, died is not being released at this time as it is part of the ongoing investigation.

Sharp has been in the Brevard County Jail since his Jan. 17 arrest.


  1. just so sad that Leah lost her life so this prick could try to buy some video games and go for a joy ride. screw the chair, or the injection, we need to bring back firing squads for hopeless low-lifes like this.

  2. What a coward!!!!! God bless my dear friend Leah Yoresh and may you now Rest In Peace once agained joined by your mother and your sister. Such a tragedy a life cut short and for what??? For no good reason!!! NONE whatsoever!!! May justice be done!!!
    Leah was loved by everyone she ever came in contact with =o) We all love you very much and you will be missed terribly!!!

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