• Judge: Man accused of shooting Brevard County deputy must keep wearing monitor

    By: Jeff Deal

    Updated:

    A Brevard County man accused of trying to kill three sheriff’s deputies will have to continue to wear a GPS monitor until his trial.

    John Derossett is accused of wounding agent Casey Smith in a shootout when deputies showed up to arrest Derossett’s niece in a prostitution bust at his home in 2015.  

    Derossett’s attorney, Mike Panella , unsuccessfully argued in court Monday to have Derossett’s ankle monitor removed.

    “He’s been living peacefully in the community. Certainly isn’t a flight risk. Certainly doesn’t want to run,” said Panella.

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    Derossett has been out on bond on three counts of attempted murder.

    Investigators said he shot Smith during a prostitution bust in August 2015 when investigators moved in on his Port St. John home.

    Derosett’s niece was arrested on prostitution charges, and Derossett was also wounded.

    Panella told the judge Derossett can’t afford to pay for the $355-a-month GPS monitoring.

    He also believes there is still evidence he hasn’t received from the state.

    “I think that’s a concern when we’re talking about discovery of this magnitude. It’s so much,” said Panella.

    He believes that he is missing a ballistics report on the bullet fragments found in Smith that could determine from which gun they came.

    Prosecutors said they’ve handed over everything they’ve received, and the judge said the defense attorney should contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement if there’s a concern. 

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