Adam Matos took the stand Wednesday morning in his quadruple homicide trial, admitting to the slayings however describing a scene of self-protection.
Matos, 32, is accused of killing former girlfriend Megan Brown, her new boyfriend Nicholas Leonard, and Brown’s mother and father, Greg and Margaret, in late August 2014. Prosecutors consider jealousy might have been the motive for the murders.
On the stand Wednesday, Matos advised the courtroom he moved to Florida with the Brown household underneath the impression that he and the mom of his baby, Megan Brown, have been going to make a go of it.
However Matos stated pressure ensued when he came upon Brown was seeing one other man.
Matos stated after arguing with Brown about it the morning of Aug. 28, 2014, he left to chill off, solely to return later within the day to seek out an indignant Leonard ready for him.
Matos testified the 2 struggled for Leonard’s gun, and Matos says he managed to stab Leonard.
“We ended up within the nook by the dressers,” he stated of the wrestle. “And I noticed a knife on prime of the dresser that I used to defend myself, and I stabbed him within the arm a number of occasions.
“I misplaced it utterly. I simply realized that I killed the lady that I really like. The mom of my baby. And at that time I noticed that (son) Tristan not had a mom, not had a grandfather. And he not had me. And at that time I felt like my life was over.” – Adam Matos on stand Wednesday
Matos says Megan Brown’s father, Greg Brown, was house on the time and tried to shoot him with considered one of his searching weapons.
He described a scene of self-protection as he shot and killed each Megan Brown and Greg Brown.
“I misplaced it utterly. I simply realized that I killed the lady that I really like,” Matos stated in courtroom. “The mom of my youngster. And at that time I noticed that (son) Tristan not had a mom, not had a grandfather. And he not had me. And at that time I felt like my life was over.”
Matos testified that in a match of anger, he went again into the opposite room — the place he left a bleeding Leonard — and beat him to demise with a hammer.
“I grabbed a hammer that was on the ground. And I simply stored hitting him,” Matos stated.
He stated paranoia then led him to beat Margaret Brown to dying when she got here residence from work that night time. Matos stated he thought Margaret Brown had one thing in her hand he had simply “reacted.”
Investigators discovered the 4 our bodies in a wooded space not removed from the Brown residence a number of days after the murders.
Requested Wednesday if sooner or later he moved the our bodies from the house, Matos stated, “Sure.” He stated he needed to get the our bodies away from the home and away from his son.
Matos faces the dying penalty if convicted.
Bay Information 9 reporter Cait McVey is within the courtroom and could have updates all through the day.