Less than 24 hours after Marcus Royal was released from jail, police say he burglarized an elderly woman's home, murdered her, and nearly killed her neighbor.
Marcus Royal had a big smile on his face as he was booked into the Brevard County jail Wednesday night on a charge of first degree murder and attempted murder. The 33-year old was still smiling when he appeared before a judge for his arraignment on Thursday afternoon.
An arrest document released Thursday afternoon states that the Royal is facing charges which could ultimately cost him his life.
Police said he bound and gagged 81-year-old Faye Jones with duct tape, and brutally beat her to death on March 17 at her home on Fiske Boulevard in Cocoa. Her neighbor, who has not been identified, also suffered a head injury and is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police said the convict took the elderly victim's purse and phone after he broke into her home, and then drove out of state. But he turned himself in to Virginia authorities after his image was captured at an ATM while withdrawing money from the Faye's account. Police said he racked up close to a thousand dollars of charges.
Assistant State Attorney Gary Beatty said that, if Royal is convicted, he would be eligible for the death penalty.
"The fact that the victim is elderly is a fact that courts can take into consideration when determining aggravating factors for the death penalty."
Royal was released on March 16 from the Brevard County Jail after serving a prison sentence for robbery and sexual battery. Royal is now being held in the jail without bond.