Agents Return Cocoa Murder Suspect To Brevard County

By  //  March 27, 2013

Will Face Judge On Thursday

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A man suspected of murdering an elderly Cocoa woman, taking her bank cards and then fleeing in her car will be booked into the Brevard County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

Marcus A. Royal of Cocoa, 33, has been booked into the Brevard County Jail for First Degree Felony Murder, Attempted First Degree Felony Murder and Burglary with Battery in connection with the death of Faye Jones on March 17. (Image courtesy of Cocoa Police Department)

Officer Barbara Matthews of the Cocoa Police Department said agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department GAMEOVER Task Force have returned to Brevard County from Richmond, Va. with Marcus A. Royal, who turned himself in to Richmond police on March 19.

Matthews said Royal will make his first court appearance on Thursday and will be charged with first-degree felony murder, attempted murder, assault and burglary.

Jones was attacked and killed by an intruder in her home at 1311 North Fiske Boulevard in Cocoa about 8 a.m. March 17 as she was preparing to go to church, Matthews said.

A 58-year-old neighbor heard the commotion and interrupted the crime in progress. He was then attacked and remains in Holmes Regional Medical Center where he is fighting for his life.

Matthews said Royal took off in a 2010 Ford Fusion belonging to Jones and also took her bank cards, which he reportedly tried to use in Titusville and in Seminole County.

Royal was released from the Brevard County Jail less than 24 hours before the murder of Jones.

Matthews confirmed that the medical examiner determined Jones died from blunt force trauma  to the head.