2006 Broward County murders

During February 2006, Brian Bethell, a 40-year-old man from The Bahamas, shot and killed three men in Broward County, Florida, for the purpose of robbery.[1] Video surveillance of Bethell using the victims' credit cards was examined, and on February 26, he was arrested along with his girlfriend.[2] Bethell, who confessed, would die before his trial could begin.[3][4]

2006 Broward County murders
CCTV video of the killer, Brian Bethell, with his girlfriend, Natasha Edwards, visiting a convivence store shortly after the second murder
LocationBroward County, Florida, U.S.
DateFebruary 3–24, 2006
Attack type
Spree killing
DeathsAngel Pedro Medina (41)
Albert Avenaim (63)
and Frederick Gunther (76)
PerpetratorBrian Ricardo Bethell


On January 20, 2006, Brian Bethell robbed two vacationing doctors at gunpoint, telling them both to hand over their wallets, cell phones, and car keys. Both men obliged and netted Bethell $600, and he left both men unharmed.[5] On February 3, Bethell spotted Angel Pedro Medina a 41-year-old accountant at a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale, and proceeded to follow him in his car to a spot where Medina was known to bring food to feed local homeless people. Once both confronted one another, Bethell attempted to rob Medina, during which he shot and killed Medina, and fled the scene.[6]

On February 10, Bethell spotted 63-year-old retired businessman Albert Avenaim outside a restaurant in Hallandale. Bethell approached Avenaim in the parking lot and robbed him, not long after shooting and killing him.[7] Within hours after Avenaim's murder, Bethell, Edwards, and her two children, were spotted on surveillance cameras with Avenaim's credit card in multiple shops in Plantation, Sunrise, Margate, and finally in Carol Springs. On February 24, Bethell approached a condo at around 7 p.m. As he walked, he noticed 76-year-old Frederick Gunther, and promptly shot and killed him.[1]

A test of the gun that killed Avenaim, which was a 38-caliber revolver, was compared to the gun used to kill Medina, and it was a match. Investigators got a tip when workers from a store in Fort Lauderdale spotted a couple using Gunther's credit card, and they gave the police the tag number on their vehicle.[1] The couple was tracked down, and their identity was proved to be Bethell and Edwards, and both were arrested.


Brian Ricardo Bethell (April 1965[2] – June 15, 2010) was a native of Nassau, Bahamas.[8]

Bethell was arrested in March 1983, a month prior to his 18th birthday, on charges of sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon, for which he was sentenced to four years in prison.[2] Upon getting out, Bethell was arrested two more times for marijuana possession and loitering. In 1990, he was again arrested in Tallahassee, Florida for larceny and cocaine possession, for which he served a year in jail. In 1994, Bethell was under arrest again, this time in Leon County, for marijuana possession, and was given a year of probation.[2]

In 1997, Bethell was detained by Hollywood police on charges of assaulting a police officer, as well as other drug offenses. He was not given time in prison and instead was given probation. In 2001, Bethell was once again arrested for cocaine and marijuana possession.[2] In 2005, he rented a place at the 400th block of Southwest 65th avenue with 20-year-old Natasha Rashone Edwards and her two young children.[9] By later accounts from his neighbors, they described Bethell as someone with a mean look and a loud mouth.[9]

Criminal chargesEdit

Bethell was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, while Edwards was charged with grand theft. In a jail call with her great-grandmother, Edwards was reportedly crying, exclaiming that "I didn't do it, Brian did".[9] Edwards was convicted in June on the theft charges and was sentenced to 10-years imprisonment.[4] Bethell didn't shift responsibility away and admitted to each of the killings,[10] but claimed the first murder, that of Angel Medina, was in self-defense, something Medina's family denied.[7] On June 15, 2010, Bethell died at age 45 before his trial could begin.[3] On May 1, 2015, Edwards was released from prison after serving nine years. Her current whereabouts are unknown.[11]

See alsoEdit

  • Recidivism (The act of an offender often re-offending)


  1. ^ a b c "Man held in S. Florida killings". Orlando Sentinel. February 26, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Man who confessed faces charges in third murder". The Miami Herald. February 27, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary for Brian Bethell". Sun-Sentinel. November 16, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Tony Alanez (June 21, 2006). "Woman gets 10-year term". Sun-Sentinel.
  5. ^ "2 robbed at gunpoint 'lucky', police say". Sun-Sentinel. April 9, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Tony Alanez & Paula McMahon (February 27, 2006). "3rd murder count expected to be filed". Sun Sentinel.
  7. ^ a b "Family seeks death penalty for gunman". The Miami Herald. February 28, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  8. ^ Ashley Fantz & Jennifer Lebovich (February 27, 2006). "Man faces charges in 3rd killing". The Miami Herald.
  9. ^ a b c "3rd charge expected today". Sun-Sentinel. February 27, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  10. ^ Angela Tablac & Darran Simon (February 26, 2006). "Man confesses to 3 killings". The Miami Herald.
  11. ^ "Inmate Release Information Detail". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved February 7, 2022.

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