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‘He is Dead’: Florida Suspect Accused of Beating Man to Death for Not Returning Borrowed Car on Time

Florida Man Allegedly Kills Acquaintance Over Delayed Car Return: Cops
Source: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Matthew Weldon was covered in blood when officers arrived at the scene, police said.

May 25 2024, Published 2:09 p.m. ET

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A Florida man covered in blood was arrested after he allegedly beat another man to death because the victim failed to return a borrowed vehicle on time, police said.

Around 3:30 p.m. on May 21, a 911 caller in Palm Harbor told dispatchers his neighbor allegedly admitted to killing a person, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Once at the scene, officers said they found the suspect, 37-year-old Matthew Weldon, covered in blood and standing in front of the residence.

Weldon, the sheriff's office said, then pointed to the home and said, “He is dead.”

Officers entering the residence located the victim, 49-year-old Carroll Bryan, on the back patio.

Bryan had suffered blunt force injuries to his head, neck and arm, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

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Investigators determined Weldon and Bryan met two weeks prior to the deadly incident at a bar in Clearwater. Weldon later offered to lend Bryan his vehicle.

Police said Weldon became angry when Bryan failed to return the car to him on time.

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Deputies said Bryan eventually went to the Palm Harbor home with Weldon’s vehicle, and the two got into a dispute.

Weldon allegedly struck Bryan in the back of the head and then hit him repeatedly while he was on the ground, police said, noting Weldon suffered minor injuries during the alleged attack.

Weldon was arrested on a second-degree murder charge and booked into the Pinellas County jail.


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