Florida Man Allegedly Killed Mom’s Fiancé During ‘Heated Argument’ While He Was Moving Into Their Home: Cops

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Mar. 22 2023, Published 2:04 p.m. ET

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A Florida man was indicted by a grand jury after the shooting death of his mother’s fiancé, according to authorities.

Just before midnight on Feb. 11, officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim at a home in Palm Bay, according to the State Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial Circuit.

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Once at the scene, officers found Michael Akerberg, 48, lying in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds.

Akerberg was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Investigators talked with witnesses, who claimed Thomas Pastor Jr., 24, was the person who shot Akerberg, the Attorney’s Office said.

Officials determined the victim was engaged to Pastor’s mother and Akerberg was in the process of moving into his fiancée’s family home when he and Pastor got into a “heated argument” that “escalated,” authorities said.

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According to police, Pastor allegedly grabbed a gun from his bedroom and shot Akerberg.

Despite his injuries, officers said Akerberg tried to escape, but Pastor went after him and shot him again in the neighbor’s yard.

Pastor fled the scene, but he surrendered to police at a relative’s home in West Melbourne, officials said.

He was booked into the Brevard County jail without bond.

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On March 21, a grand jury indicted Pastor for first-degree premeditated murder, the Attorney’s Office announced.

Officials said the grand jury heard testimony from the Brevard Medical Examiner, a detective from the Palm Bay Police and a crime scene investigator before returning with the indictment.

No trial date for the case has been scheduled yet.


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