Merritt Island Murder Suspect Named
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Brevard County Sheriff's Office announced today that an arrest warrant has been issued for 19-year-old Devonte Bradley, of 700 Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, Florida, for First Degree Murder in reference to the September 24, 2012, shooting death of 21-year-old Evander Tinsley of Cocoa, Florida.
Officials say that the investigation determined that Bradley approached Tinsley on a stairwell leading up to an apartment at the Tropical Manor Apartment complex in an apparent robbery attempt. Tinsley was allegedly struck in the head by Bradley and upon resisting; the Tinsley was shot multiple times.
Investigators believe that Tinsley attempted to evade Bradley by running up the stairs into an Apartment. Bradley gave then chase, following the Tinsley into the apartment where gunfire was heard. Tinsley exited the rear of the apartment, where he managed to make his way down the stairs before collapsing in the grass and succumbing to his wounds.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of DEVONTE BRADLEY or the investigation is urged to call 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 for information leading to an arrest.