Nicholas McDuffie Indicted for First-Degree Premeditated Murder by Brevard County Grand Jury

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Killed Tyler Moore on December 31

A Brevard County Grand Jury has indicted 28-year-old Nicholas Allen McDuffie (left) for First Degree Premeditated Murder in connection to the death of 24-year-old Tyler Moore on December 31, 2019. Victor Cruz (right) has been charged with Accessory After the Fact to a Capital Felony , seven counts of Tampering with Evidence, and Failure to Report a Death.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County Grand Jury has indicted 28-year-old Nicholas Allen McDuffie for First Degree Premeditated Murder in connection to the death of 24-year-old Tyler Moore on December 31, 2019.

McDuffie was also indicted on eight counts of Tampering with Evidence, one count of Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Failure to Report a Death, and Driving while License Suspended or Revoked.

On January 3, the grandmother of Moore reported her suspicions that he had been murdered on December 31, 2019, and that his body may still be in the home he shared with McDuffie.

During Melbourne Police Department’s investigation, they observed McDuffie and 32-year-old Victor Cruz transporting what later turned out to be items of evidence from the crime scene to various locations in Brevard County.

After Melbourne police executed a search warrant at the home, they discovered Moore’s body inside.

Initially, police could only show that McDuffie and Cruz had disposed of evidence in the case, but later their investigation yielded enough evidence to charge McDuffie with murder.

Cruz has been charged with Accessory After the Fact to a Capital Felony , seven counts of Tampering with Evidence, and Failure to Report a Death.

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Both are being held on No Bond at the Brevard County Jail.

The Grand Jury heard testimony from the Brevard County Medical Examiner, a Melbourne Police crime scene investigator, and a Melbourne Police detective before returning with the indictments.

Arraignment was waived after McDuffie’s attorney filed a Notice of Appearance and Not Guilty plea.

Circuit Judge Robin Lemonidis has been assigned to the case.

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