[Video] Florida Strip Mall Owner Charged with Murder-Shot Man Urinating on His Building

Florida strip mall owner Lloyd Preston Brewer III, 57, accused of shooting and killing a man who urinated on his building, recently had his 2nd-degree murder charge enhanced to first-degree murder.

Brewer was previously charged with one count of murder in the second degree over the fatal shooting of Garrett Hughes, 21, an unarmed man who died in an alleyway behind the Conch Town Liquor & Lounge on Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West on Feb. 13.

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Brewer’s aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge is for allegedly threatening the victim’s brother, Carson Hughes, with the same gun that killed Garrett.

Hughes’ parents filed a memo under the terms of Florida’s Marsys’s Law for Brewer’s continued pre-trial detention.

The memo states that Brewer is a severe flight risk, arguing that Brewer has “substantial ties outside the state,” including numerous tracts of generational landholdings in Georgia.

Lloyd Preston Brewer III

The victim’s family argues,

“Brewer and his father/business partner have a practice of transferring significant assets between themselves by way of trusts and corporate entities,” the detention memo continues. “This includes assignments of loans and mortgages, transfers of real estate, and loans. This shows Brewer’s financial sophistication. It also shows his ability, knowledge, and familiarity with the movement of assets. Such knowledge could be employed to facilitate flight.”

The document also mentions a lengthy criminal history for the defendant dating back to 1985 that is described as including “acts of violence, firearms, assault, alcohol, drugs, and dishonesty.”

The memo argues that Brewer is “a danger to the community” due to the facts of the present case against him and the four prior incidents detailed in the memo. Additionally, the memo says the defendant “has a vessel to his name, which would be used to facilitate flight,” which refers to a boat and a boat trailer.

Brewer admittedly fired the fatal shot and claimed self-defense in his initial 911 call and later during an interrogation. Prosecutors, however, say Brewer was not being threatened.

“Brewer said it appeared that Hughes was going to pull something from his waistband,” a Key West police detective wrote in a report obtained by Miami-based WPLG. “Brewer could not identify exactly what was aggressive or threatening about Hughes’ behavior and denied having seen Hughes in possession of any weapons.”

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Brewer is now charged with one count of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of a concealed firearm permit.

He has pleaded not guilty and is using a stand-your-ground defense.

He is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail without Bond. A bail hearing is slated for next Wednesday.


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