NR 14-97 Sheriff’s Agents Arrest Suspects In Indialantic Homicide
Sheriff’s Office Homicide Agents have arrested an adult and juvenile for their involvement in the murder and attempted murder that occurred in Indialantic Sunday afternoon. The investigation determined that 25-year-old Joseph Howard Milman of Indialantic was the shooter in the incident and was charged with First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm. Also charged in connection with the incident is 17-year-old Justin Dee Howard of 142 Oxford Court, Indialantic. The investigation determined that Howard supplied the firearm that was used and received proceeds from the robbery. Milman was taken to the Brevard County Jail, while Howard was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. Both suspects are being held without bond.
The investigation was initiated on Sunday, October 19, 2014, when deputies responded to a 911 call advising that two men had been shot at the residence located at 370 Riviera Blvd, Indialantic. When deputies arrived they found 48-year-old Robert Mell outside the residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Mell was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. Upon entering the residence, deputies located the body of 51-year-old Scott “Skippy” Hyatt, who was also the victim of a gunshot wound.
The investigation to date has revealed that Milman had previously talked about committing a robbery for prescription medication that Hyatt possessed. On Sunday, Milman met with Howard at the residence on Oxford Court and obtained a firearm from Howard. Milman walked to the residence on Riviera where he shot the victims and then removed the pills from Hyatt’s pocket. After the robbery, Milman returned to the residence on Oxford Court, providing the firearm to Howard along with a portion of the stolen drugs before changing clothes and leaving the area. Howard and Milman were arrested today by members of the GAMEOVER Task Force relative to a warrant and TICO order issued in reference to the above charges.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Agent Nick Walker of 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 additional information concerning this investigations, please contact Major Tod Goodyear by pager through the Sheriff’s Office Communications (321) 633-7162.