• Melbourne man charged with murder after his sister was beaten to death, police say

    By: Melonie Holt , James Tutten

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    MELBOURNE, Fla. - A Melbourne man was arrested and charged with murdering his sister after an altercation led to her death, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

    Melbourne police said the 59-year-old murder suspect is homeless and his sister had taken him in.

    The suspect told police he went to the store and returned to his sister's apartment to find the door open and her on the floor.


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    But police said his story didn't add up.

    The investigation began Monday, at an apartment complex on Post Road in Melbourne.

    Police said Friday that 60-year-old Virginia Richardson's death was suspicious right from the start.

    On Friday afternoon, Larry Acosta saw a judge on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of his sister on Monday.  

    He was also the person who made the call to 911.

    Initially, dispatchers were provided with the wrong address, so medical help was delayed.  

    When they did arrive at the Paradise Cay Apartments, they found Richardson unconscious on the floor of her apartment. 

    Her injuries were severe, and police were called. 

    Richardson died shortly after she arrived at the hospital.

    “The brother was the one who initially called,” said Cmdr. Marc Claycomb, with the Melbourne Police Department. “When we went back to make contact with him he actually assaulted one of our police officers and was arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting with violence.”

    After talking with witnesses who heard an altercation, and gathering physical evidence, Acosta was charged in his sister's death.

    Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-8477. 

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