Cocoa Man Arrested for Second-Degree Murder in 2019 Armed Burglary on Brophy Boulevard

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Terrance Welch, 27, from Cocoa arrested

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Terrance Welch for his participation in an armed burglary that led to the death of his co-conspirator. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Cocoa man for his participation in an armed burglary that led to the death of his co-conspirator.

The suspect is identified as Terrance Welch, 27, from Cocoa.

Deputies arrested Welch on Tuesday at the Brevard County Jail where he was being held on unrelated burglary charges as well as multiple Violation of Probation charges.

The arrest was made after a warrant was signed by Judge Maloney charging Welch with Second-Degree Felony Murder.

The investigation began December 4, 2019, shortly after noon, when an emergency 911 call was received from an individual who reported they shot an individual attempting to burglarize a residence on Brophy Boulevard in unincorporated Cocoa.

The caller advised that as the suspect was attempting to climb through the window when the caller fired a weapon at the suspect.

Upon the arrival of deputies, a male shooting victim later identified as Antonio Wallace was located deceased in the backyard of the residence. Witnesses to the incident advised that they observed two individuals walking up to the residence prior to the shooting.

After the shooting, one of the individuals was observed fleeing the area. Clothing was recovered that was believed to have been discarded by the fleeing suspect.

Evidence collected during the investigation conclusively proved that Welch was present at the scene during the attempted armed burglary and shooting.

“Evidence recovered contained the DNA profile of Welch along with blood that matched the DNA profile of Wallace,” said Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“Forensic examination of the electronic media of both Welch and Wallace placed them together in the area of the residence during the time of the incident.”

Statements obtained by investigators further implicated Welch’s participation in the incident on Brophy Boulevard.

Welch will be held with No Bond on the charge of Second-Degree Murder.

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