Cocoa Man Arrested For Manslaughter After Year-Long Investigation in Connection to the Death of His Wife

By  //  June 19, 2023

Robert Eugene Bradford, 63, was arrested last week under a warrant for aggravated manslaughter. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A 63-year-old man is facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of his “significant other”.

Robert Eugene Bradford, 63, was arrested last week under a warrant for aggravated manslaughter.

He is currently being held under a $100,500 bond.

Investigators say on January 5, 2022, officers responded to the 800-block of Boardwalk Lane for a welfare check after the victim’s sister called concerned because they could not make contact.

The victim, a 59-year-old female identified as Robin Grogan, with whom the suspect was in a relationship with, was found in poor health and was immediately transported to the hospital.

“Bradford stated that his wife has seizures regularly and randomly screams in the night,” said Cocoa Police Officer Joseph Lavelle in the report. “Before I walked into the residence, Bradford informed me that he keeps a pillow over her due to her seizures.”

Two weeks later, the Grogan passed away.

Detectives continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death and if there were contributing factors.

According to the autopsy report, Grogan’s cause of death included numerous medical conditions.

The medical examiner noted these conditions were caused by “gross negligence”and complications involving malnutrition, pneumonia, sepis, and a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

As a result, detectives, working with the State Attorney’s Office, had probable cause that Bradford neglected the victim, and his neglect led to her death.

Records show the Department of Children and Families (DCF) had a previous contact with the couple following a July 2019 domestic violence arrest of Bradford. During that time, DCF investigated claims that Bradford mistreated Robin Grogan, and would keep the disabled woman in squalor.

Aggravated Manslaughter involving an elderly or disabled adult carries a prison term of 30-years to life if found guilty.