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A 40-year-old man in Florida was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly bludgeoned his next-door neighbor to death, staged a bizarre crime scene that included stuffing items up the victim’s nostrils and underwear, he then called 911 and reported finding the victim. he died when he stopped to offer to mow the victim’s lawn. Gabriel Joseph Melgaard was arrested on July 9 and charged with one count of murder/manslaughter, violation of probation and misuse of the 911 system, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched July 8 to a home located in the 7100 block of Westcott Drive in response to a 911 call about a deceased adult male. The caller identified himself to the emergency dispatcher as Melgaard.Upon arrival on scene, first responders entered a grisly scene and located the victim lying face up on his living room floor. “The decedent had various items tucked into the waistband of his underwear. The deceased’s shirt was pulled up, exposing his stomach, and the soccer ball was tucked under his shirt. The decedent’s head was covered by a box containing various items,” the affidavit reads. “The decedent had a semi-automatic firearm in his right hand and a round of .38 caliber ammunition had been inserted into the decedent’s left nostril. The magazine of a semi-automatic pistol had been placed in the mouth of the deceased.
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A representative from the medical examiner’s office was dispatched to the scene and noted that the victim had numerous “linear striae” on the abdomen caused by being hit with an unknown object, multiple injuries to the face and head, defensive wounds to the hands and a single puncture wound to the left shoulder.
The medical examiner determined that the manner of death was a homicide.In a voluntary interview with investigators, Melgaard, who lives with his mother, reportedly said he slept from 2:30 a.m. m. until 6 a.m. m. that morning. When he woke up, he saw that it was “a good day,” so he went to the victim’s house “to see if he wanted his lawn mowed,” Melgaard allegedly said.
Melgaard claimed that he went next door and found the front door ajar, so he went inside and found the victim dead on the floor. Melgaard later told investigators that he did not harm the victim in any way and even claimed that he had never been inside the other man’s house before finding him dead. He then turned over a voluntary DNA sample and shoe prints to the police.Later that day, around 6:30 p.m. m., Melgaard’s sister called 911 and told the sheriff’s office that her brother had just confessed to killing her neighbor. “[Melgaard] said the neighbor raped our mother,” she told police, according to the affidavit. “She said, the defendant also said, when talking about the victim, ‘he is worse than Jeffrey Dahmer and he has victim hats in the house and he has pictures of all the people he has killed.’ And I killed him. Well. I killed him.’” Melgaard’s mother allegedly told police that the victim had never sexually abused her.
The sister also provided a brief description of how Melgaard allegedly told her that she had killed the other man. “She said the only thing she [Melgaard] said was ‘he’d pass out and then let him come to.’ And then I did it again and I did it again. But he did not say what he did,” the document says. The sister also told detectives that her brother had a history of substance abuse and psychosis and that he had spent three weeks in a mental health facility in April.
A man and a woman who lived across the street from Melgaard’s house allegedly told police that he also told them that he had killed the victim. The man said Melgaard approached him and told him that the victim was “like Jeffrey Dahmer and that the victim raped his mother and his sister and attempted to rape him (defendant),” the affidavit says. “The defendant affirmed that he killed the victim by punching him twice and trampling on him; he also ‘tried to cut it off.’”Investigators said several of the items in the victim’s home, including a “grab stick” and a firearm, had Melgaard’s DNA on them. He is currently being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail without bail. It is unclear if an attorney is representing him against the aforementioned charges.
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