Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Lutz man held in grandmother's death to face first-degree murder charge

LUTZ — An 18-year-old man accused of killing his grandmother Monday in her home at the Paradise Lakes nudist community has been charged with first-degree murder.

Brandon Machetto was arrested near the entrance of the neighborhood while driving his grandmother's minivan. The naked body of Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt was in the back.

According to his arrest report released Tuesday morning, Machetto told a Pasco sheriff's deputy who pulled him over that he was "coming back to turn myself in."

Investigators got on Machetto's trail after a neighbor spotted him around 5:30 a.m. dragging a large, wrapped object out of Schmitt's house. It appeared to be a body — the feet were exposed.

Inside the house, investigators found evidence of a violent struggle: blood smears on the floor and blood spatter on Schmitt's bed sheets. The report says Schmitt, 74, had suffered "blunt force trauma to the back of her head" that was "consistent with homicidal violence."

Machetto, who was accused in 2012 of domestic violence against Schmitt, remained in the Land O'Lakes jail on Tuesday, held without bail.

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