Brevard County Jury Indicts Five Men For the Death of Matthew Nicol During Armed Home Invasion
By Space Coast Daily // June 3, 2021
WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey reports the home invasion robbery that led to the death of 25-year-old Matthew Nicol of Merritt Island. In what appears as an attempt to overcome any resistance from persons at the residence, the five suspects were dressed in replica attire simulating the appearance of law enforcement, including tactical pants and shirts, helmets, communication devices, rifles and replica Sheriff and DEA patches.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County Grand Jury has issued indictments on five men for the death of 25-year-old Matthew Nicol and his dog on March 3, 2021, during an armed home invasion.
The men were indicted for First Degree Felony Murder, Armed Burglary of a Dwelling Inflicting Death, and Cruelty to Animals
On March 3, 2021, the men targeted Nicol’s residence at 395 East Hall Road, Merritt Island, for a home invasion robbery posing as law enforcement drug agents.
During the attempt, both Nicol and his dog were shot and killed.
The group fled the scene, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Investigators began a months-long investigation that identified and lead to the capture of all five defendants.
All of the men are being held on No Bond at the Brevard County Jail.
The Grand Jury heard testimony from a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigator and Agent, along with a lay witness before returning with the indictments.
No trial date has been set in this case.
Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Don Reynolds of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.