Orange County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest for Man Beaten to Death at a Shopping Plaza

July 27, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

Two men have been arrested in Orange County, Florida in relation to a murder that took place at a local supermarket. A man was beaten to death and left outside for the police to find around 3:45 am. The two men now face multiple charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, and accessory after the fact.

We will cover the details of the case, along with the criminal charges that have resulted from the murder.

What was the Incident?

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on July 21st, 2022, to the Bravo Supermarket on North Hiawassee Road. At around 3:45 am they arrived at the scene to find a man in his 40s severely injured.

The victim was identified as 46-year-old Joseph Rohl, who later died after being rushed to the hospital. According to a tweet published by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Rohl had been “savagely beaten to death.”

Two men have now been arrested and charged with Rohl’s death. Brandon Griffin, 29, and Luis Rosaly Jr., 33, are now facing charges of first-degree murder for the July 21st beating. In addition, Rosaly is also facing charges of accessory after the fact and kidnapping.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office provided the following comment in their tweet: “Our detectives worked tirelessly to catch them, because you cannot take a life and get away with it.” 

Accessory After the Fact in Florida

Accessory after the fact is also referred to as aiding and abetting, which falls under Florida Statute Section 777.03. The law explains that if you have helped someone who has committed a crime—even if you were not a witness to the crime—then you have committed accessory after the fact.

The penalties for accessory after the fact can range depending on the degree of crime that was committed. The various charges include a third-degree felony, second-degree felony, first-degree felony, or capital felony. Since the crime in this case was a first-degree murder, the accessory after the fact charge would be considered a first-degree felony. To read more about aiding and abetting in Florida, find our page here.

Kidnapping in Florida

Kidnapping is defined under Florida Statute Section 787.01 as “forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning another person against their will and without lawful authority, with intent to hold him or her for ransom or reward or as a shield or hostage.” Kidnapping is considered a first-degree felony in the state, and is punishable by up to life in prison.

To read more about kidnapping, false imprisonment, and the potential defenses to a criminal charge, find our page here.

First-Degree Murder

Florida Statute Section 782.04 defines murder as the unlawful killing of another human being. For a murder to be charged in the first-degree, it must either be deemed as premeditated or as a felony murder. Premeditated means that the killing was planned ahead of time, and the law does not specify how much time in advance the premeditation for the intent to kill took place. A felony murder is considered when there has been a killing during the attempt or commission of another type of felony. The following is a list of felonies in which a felony murder charge can occur:

The penalty for first-degree murder in Florida is life in prison, or in more extreme cases, the death penalty. To find out more about the various types of murder charges, find our page here.

Finding a Defense Attorney in Tallahassee, Florida

If you or a loved one have been accused of a crime, it is imperative that you prioritize working with a skilled defense attorney in your area. Getting arrested and charged is extremely stressful, and not easy to go alone. Contacting Pumphrey Law Firm will ensure that you will have quality advice throughout the entire legal process. Don Pumphrey and his team have worked with clients across the state for various criminal charges, and we promise to stand in your corner and fight for your freedom. For a free consultation call (850) 681-7777 or leave an online message today.

Written by Karissa Key

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