Destin Man Charged in Harbor View Park Murder

DESTIN, Fla. - Less than 48 hours after a transient was murdered in a small Destin park, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested a Destin man in connection with the slaying.

They said were able to develop William Joffre Reed, 36, as a suspect in the murder of Robert Nicholas Mayall, 30, at Harbor View Park.

Although Reed made attempts to change his appearance after the crime, investigators said Reed confessed once they confronted him with evidence they had gathered.

Officials said Reed told them he and Mayall went to the park late in the evening to smoke and he then shot Mayall multiple times “in cold blood” before leaving the scene.

The weapon was located buried behind a Destin business.

Reed was charged with murder and was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail.


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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent murder of a man whose body was found around 6:15 a.m. Saturday near Harbor View Park, 700 Harbor Boulevard in Destin.

Investigators said a homeless man discovered the body of a white male who appears to be between twenty and thirty years of age.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact investigators at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS.

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