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12-227 Man Dies From Injuries In Aggravated Battery Case



Michael T. Merrill

DOB: 5/18/55

Died: 10/4/2012

A Live-Aboard Commercial Fisherman, Madeira Beach


Suspect #1

Timothy John Schuyler

DOB: 4/18/81


Charge:  Aggravated Battery – Currently in custody


Suspect #2

Joshua Eugene Shroyer

DOB: 12/28/73


Charge:  Aggravated Battery – Currently in custody


Suspect #3

Kord Lynn Tucker

DOB: 9/26/73


Charge: Aggravated battery – Released on Bond, 9/15/12



Commercial fisherman Michael Merrill has died on Thursday, October 4, 2012, of injuries received from a beating which occurred in the early morning hours of September 12, 2012. Sheriff’s Patrol deputies initiated the investigation on that date, when Merrill was hospitalized with serious injuries. The three suspects listed were arrested between September 14th and September 18th and charged with Aggravated Battery.

The State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and the charges again in the light of Mr. Merrill’s death on October 4th. The investigation continues.


The beating incident occurred around 2:00 a.m., September 12, 2012.


The incident occurred aboard the Lilly Anne, a 33 foot commercial fishing vessel, located at a marina just south of the Tom Stewart Causeway on Madeira Beach.


Merrill was transported to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of various internal and head injuries. Deputies learned that the three suspects allegedly boarded the Lilly Anne and confronted Merrill late on the night of September 11, 2012. He told them to leave, and reportedly threatened them with a knife. Reports indicate the three left the boat at that time, but returned to the boat around 2:00 a.m., and began beating Merrill with hand tools and other objects. He was able to escape by diving into the water, and hiding under the dock. A friend found Merrill a short time later, and called for assistance.

At this time, investigators have received conflicting accounts about what triggered the original beating incident.

The investigation continues. Complete autopsy results are pending toxicology tests.

Suspects in Madeira Beach Beating Incident

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