The suspect in a quadruple murder that included three members of a former Brick family was formally charged with first degree murder Monday.
Adam Matos, 28, was charged in the murders of his ex-girlfriend, Megan Brown, her parents, Margaret and Gregory Brown, and Nicholas Leonard, Megan Brown’s new boyfriend. The Brown family lived at 300 Jefferson Court in the township’s Herbertsville section until Oct. 1998, when their home was sold. The family then moved to Pennsylvania before recently relocating to Florida.
According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Matos is suspected of trying to cover up his alleged crime by buying shovels and selling his victims’ dogs for $50 apiece on Craigslist.
Bay News 9, a Tampa area cable news channel, reported last week that Pasco County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies went to the family’s home on Sept. 4 to perform a welfare check and found blood, “a projectile” and a foul odor at the home consistent with a decomposing body. The four victims’ bodies were later found in a field near the home, stacked on top of one another.
A manhunt then began for Matos, who had taken the four-year-old son whom he had with Megan Brown. They were later located in a Tampa hotel; the child was unharmed.
In a jailhouse interview with the Tampa Bay Times last week, Matos denied being responsible for the murders but said he doesn’t believe he can change the minds of people who feel he committed the crime.
“Everybody’s looking at me like I did it,” he said. “All the fingers point to me, you know? So I’m not going to change anybody’s beliefs.”
Matos said in the interview that he had a theory that a man who stalked Megan Brown and was acquainted to Leonard was behind the murders.