March 21, 2023 - Brevard Grand Jury Indicts Thomas PASTOR JR for First-Degree Premeditated Murder

On March 14, 2023, the Brevard Grand Jury Indicted Thomas PASTOR JR (24), for First-Degree Premeditated Murder (CF), in connection to the shooting death of Michael Akerberg (48).
On February 11, 2023, just before midnight, Palm Bay Police responded to a 911 call of a gunshot victim at 1035 Cromey Rd. Upon arrival, officers found Akerberg lying in the front yard, unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. Akerberg was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses identified PASTOR as the person who had shot him.
Investigators learned that Akerberg was engaged to PASTOR's mother and was moving into the family home at 1027 Cromey Road when a heated argument began with PASTOR. The dispute escalated, and PASTOR retrieved a firearm from his bedroom and shot Akerberg. Wounded, Akerberg fled on foot, with PASTOR pursuing and shooting him again in the yard of a neighboring residence. PASTOR fled the scene but soon after surrendered to police at a relative's home in West Melbourne. Police recovered the involved firearm, and PASTOR was held without bond in the Brevard County Jail.
The Grand Jury heard testimony from the Brevard Medical Examiner, a Palm Bay Police detective and crime scene investigator before returning with the indictment.
No trial date has been set in this case. Please consult the Brevard Clerk of Courts website for updates on future court appearances by this defendant.
Todd Brown
Public Information &
(321) 617-7310
Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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