Although William Joffre Reed made attempts to change his appearance after the crime, he ultimately confessed once he was confronted with evidence gathered by OCSO investigators.
DESTIN — Less than 48 hours after a transient was murdered in a small park, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a Destin man in connection with the slaying, according to an OCSO press release..
The murder victim, whose body was discovered at Destin’s Harbor View Park early Saturday morning, was identified Sunday as 31-year-old Robert “Nick” Mayall, a transient believed to be from somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, according to the Sheriff's Office.
OCSO Investigators arrested 36-year-old William Joffre Reed of 547 Driftwood Lane as a suspect in the murder of Mayall. On Sunday, he was officially charged with murder.
Although Reed made attempts to change his appearance after the crime, he ultimately confessed once he was confronted with evidence gathered by OCSO investigators.
According to the press release, 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 found buried behind a Destin business.
Mayall’s autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Monday.
This is still an active investigation and anyone having information is encouraged to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS or the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400.
The man’s body was found about 6:15 a.m. Saturday at the small Harbor View Park at 700 Harbor Blvd. near Beach Drive in Destin, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The murder is just one of the violent incidents that started the Fourth of July weekend. There were also shootings on Okaloosa Island and in Crestview, and a home invasion robbery and shooting in Niceville.