Murder suspect dead in apparent suicide

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Staff reports

A Navarre man accused of murdering his mother-in-law was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell this morning.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed Robert Shane Lucas was found hanging in his Santa Rosa County Jail cell shortly after a 5 a.m. check.

A grand jury in February indicted Lucas on first-degree murder and six other charges, including Graft Theft of a Firearm, Grand Theft Auto, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer in an Agency Vehicle with Lights and Sirens Activated at High Speed, Aggravated Assault upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Battery upon a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Officer with Violence.

He was being held without bond, following his March 7 arraignment.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy said a death investigation is underway.