Brothers indicted in killings of Columbia men

May 07, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER The Observer newspaper in New Smyrna Beach contributed to this article.

A Florida grand jury yesterday indicted two brothers on murder charges in connection with an attack last month that left two Columbia men dead and a third critically injured.

Jonathan Edward Trull, 27, and Joshua Alan Trull, 17, also are charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Matthew Christopher Wichita, 21, and Kevans Bradshaw Hall II, 23, were fatally stabbed and beaten April 16 at a beachside resort in New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona Beach.

Another Columbia man, Seth Kenyon Qubeck, 21, suffered 17 stab wounds. He spent 2 1/2 weeks in a Daytona Beach hospital and was released Tuesday; he is believed to have returned home to Howard County.

The Volusia County grand jury is scheduled to meet again next week to review more evidence in the case.

The three Columbia men and two other friends were visiting Florida on a nine-day spring break trip.

Police said the men came to the aid of a woman who was being harassed by a group of Florida men. After a fistfight, the Florida men returned with baseball bats and knives.

Authorities believe that after the fistfight, Joshua Trull, along with Daniel Stephan Osborne, 19, and Neil Ryan Kirkland, 20, both of Edgewater, Fla., went to a nearby house to call some friends, including Jonathan Trull.

Police arrested the Trull brothers shortly after the killings. They also charged Osborne with being a principal to second-degree murder, and Kirkland faces charges of aggravated battery.

Joshua Trull will be tried as an adult, according to Assistant State's Attorney Ed Davis.

Police are looking for the Trulls' brother, Chris Trull, 25, for questioning.

Hall and Wichita were eulogized Tuesday at a memorial ceremony at Howard County Community College.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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