Local 6 partner Florida Today reported a Titusville man accused of killing two people as the result of ongoing problems in his neighborhood is facing a new charge alleging he attacked one neighbor just five days before the killings.
Court records show that neighbors went to court Aug. 29 seeking an injunction to stop ongoing threats and disputes at their homes on Smith Drive in Titusville.
An arrest report says that William T. Woodward attacked and hit a person at the Titusville courthouse the same day the injunction hearing was held.
Florida Today reports that Woodward, 43, admitted to hitting an unidentified victim and told police to “go ahead and arrest me,” according to the arrest report. The victim suffered minor injury to the right elbow, the report says. Woodward was not taken to jail on the misdemeanor charge, but was told to show up in court Sept. 27.
Woodward is now being held in Brevard County jail without bond on two charges of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Titusville police said the constant neighborhood disputes that escalated in August led to the shootings Sept. 3.
According to an arrest report, Woodward crawled across the street to his neighbors’ homes and shot Gary Lee Hembree, 39, Roger Picior, 44, and Bruce Timothy Blake, 49.
Hembree and Picior died of their injuries. Blake, whose wife said her husband was shot 11 times, is expected to survive.