Florida man, 32, found guilty in 2014 quadruple homicide could face death penalty after he was convicted of the brutal killings
Adam Matos of Hudson Fla., was found guilty Thursday of shooting dead his ex-girlfriend in front of their young son before murdering her parents and new boyfriend on Aug 28, 2014
The remains of Megan Brown, 27, her parents and her new boyfriend were found stacked atop each other on a hill in Pasco County, Fla.
Matos was arrested on suspicion of murder September 5, 2014
Matos admitted Thursday to fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend Megan Brown, 27, and her dad, 52-year-old Greg Brown, at their Hudson home in 2014
He also bludgeoned her mother, Margaret Brown, 52, and her 37-year-old boyfriend Nick Leonard, to death with a hammer
He fled with their four-year-old son Ismael, but was tracked down and arrested at a Tampa hotel in Sept 2014, where officers also found Ismael
After he was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder, the state is seeking the death penalty for Matos during sentencing scheduled for Nov 20
Admission of guilt: Matos who in previous court appearances [L-R], had stoically denied the charges stunned the court on Wednesday [left], when he dramatically admitted to his crimes
Matos, [right, is accused of killing Megan Brown, [left], her new boyfriend, Nick Leonard, and her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown in 2014, not long after the Browns moved into a Hudson home
A Florida man has been found guilty of shooting dead his ex-girlfriend in front of their young son, before murdering her parents and new boyfriend in 2014.
Adam Matos, 32, of Hudson, may face the death penalty after he was convicted of the brutal quadruple murder on Thursday.
Matos is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Megan Brown, her new boyfriend, Nick Leonard, and her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown in 2014, not long after the Browns moved into a Hudson home.
The body of Megan, 27, was found dead on top of a hill in Pasco County, alongside her parents, Margaret and Greg Brown, both 52, and her new boyfriend, 37-year-old Nicholas Leonard.
The body of his ex-girlfriend Megan Brown was found dead on top of a hill in Pasco County, alongside her parent sand her new boyfriend in 2014
Adam Matos, confessed in court Wednesday to killing his ex-girlfriend, Megan Brown; her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown and her new boyfriend, Nick Leonard.
After killing the four, Matos lived in their Hudson home for several days, ordering pizza and selling their dogs on CraigsList in 2014, he said.
Matos also told the court that after the murders, he went out one night and got drunk in a bar with one of the next-door neighbors.
He later took the bodies to a nearby hill and stacked them on top of each other and then fled to Tampa with his 4-year-old son.
Matos was arrested on September 5, 2014, at a Tampa Bay area hotel with his missing four-year-old autistic son, Ismael Tristan Santisteban.
The suspect sat emotionless as the verdict was read out on Thursday while the victim’s family wept openly, in court.
‘The worst part is over,’ Leonard’s mother, Paula Rystrom, told the Tampa Bay Times.
Adam Matos, [photo L-R], may face the death penalty after he was convicted of the brutal quadruple murder on Thursday
At Thursday’s hearing, Matos sat impassively in court as the verdict was read out, while the victim’s family openly wept. Here Matos, takes the stand to proffer testimony into the record moments after the jury was dismissed for deliberations on Thursday
Matos had denied murdering his ex and her family, as well as her new partner, and refuted a police report that stated he had threatened Megan Brown with a knife on August 28, the last day anyone had heard from her. He offered up his own theory of what happened, claiming a woman was stalking Brown and sending her threatening letters.
The case came to a head on Thursday when in dramatic fashion the suspect admitted to the murders in court.
He said a combination of self-defense and ‘paranoia’ drove him to kill the family of his ex, and had left his four-year-old son, who has autism, alone at the murder scene when he went to buy a shovel to bury the bodies.
Matos bludgeoned Nicholas Leonard, [photo], to death with a hammer and dumped the body alongside his girlfriend and her parents on top of a hill in Pasco County, Fla in Sep 2014
Megan’s parents Margaret and Greg Brown were killed by Matos. He shot Greg and beat Margaret to death with a hammer in 2014 massacre of the Brown family
Members of victims’ families react as guilty verdicts for Matos are read on Nov 16, at the Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey
The sentencing phase begins Monday. The state plans to seek the death penalty, else Matos could spend the rest of his life behind bars. A jury must reach a unanimous decision for a death penalty to be imposed.
‘Either way his life is over,’ said Leonard’s father, Daniel Leonard after the trial, ‘and that’s basically all we can really ask for, to keep him off the streets, because obviously he was not a very good person.’