Daytona Beach couple’s slaying leaves residents on edge

Suspect arrested Thursday

Brenda and Terry Aultman (Contributed Photo (Daytona Beach Police Department))

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police said Thursday they caught the man who was responsible for the slaying of Terry and Brenda Aultman, who were found stabbed to death over the weekend.

Police say Jean R. Macean is in custody for the couple’s murders. Police Chief Jakari Young will provide an update at 6 p.m., which News 6 will bring to you live when it happens.

Investigators said the couple was killed early Sunday by a random attacker on Wild Olive Avenue near Seabreeze Avenue. They were stabbed and their throats were slashed.

“I’ve always felt safe here even with the fluxes of minor crime — like car break-ins or drug deals here and there — but because of this, I will probably change some of my patterns,” said Mariah, a resident who lives around the corner from where the couple was killed.

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“We’ve walked many times, many times late at night, and never felt one bit of fear. Never. This has shaken up our world right here,” Jody Noble said.

Noble said late Saturday night she walked home to Wild Olive from Bike Week on Seabreeze Avenue with a friend. She took the same path the Aultmans would take just an hour later.

“I went right through that intersection,” she said.

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Police said someone attacked the couple when they were riding bicycles home from Seabreeze. They believe the couple was followed and it was a random attack.

“It’s changed our way of working around here. It’s just heartbreaking. My girlfriend and I are both going to get mace that looks like a gun,” Noble said.

Noble and her husband, Chip, said they’ll be using Uber, even down the street now, to Bike Week.

“I got a concealed permit and I know, she kind of looked at me and said you really don’t need to do that, but I’m glad I did,” Chip said.

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