NewsPasco County


Testimony begins in Adam Matos quadruple murder trial

Jury hears 911 call victim made hours before
Posted at 4:17 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 05:29:47-05

Testimony began Friday in the trial of the man accused of killing four people in Hudson in August 2014.

Prosecutors said Adam Matos killed his ex-girlfriend Megan Brown along with her parents, Greg and Margaret Brown and her new boyfriend, Nicholas Leonard.

Friday in a Pasco County courtroom we heard a call for help that came the morning of the murders.

“My son’s dad put a knife to my throat, and he cut my hand and I’m like bleeding," Megan Brown said in the 911 call. 

She told a dispatcher Adam Matos just held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Their 4-year-old son was home too.

“My son’s freaking out and I really don’t want to do this in front of him.”

Matos eventually left on a bike and was gone by the time deputies got there.

Pictures show Megan that morning, with a wound on her thumb and the knife she said Matos used.

The former deputy who responded that day, Fredrick Heidgerken, testified he drove around the neighborhood looking for Matos, but couldn’t find him. He said he told Brown to call if he ever came back.

Prosecutors said Matos did come back that night and killed Megan, her new boyfriend and Megan’s parents.

Margaret’s stepmother, Linda Thomas, is the one who eventually called the Pasco Sheriff’s Office asking for them to check on the family.

“We had a wonderful relationship. Very loving person and very funny,” Thomas said about her relationship with Megan.

Prosecutors said all the evidence points to Matos.

They said he even lived in the home with his son for days after the murders. And neighbors saw him there, some smelling something foul.

Witnesses also said Matos sold them puppies from Margaret Brown’s dog breeding business on Craigslist. And evidence shows he used her credit card to buy a shovel and PlayStation.

Meanwhile the only time we’ve heard from Matos was a jailhouse interview with the Tampa Bay Times shortly after his arrest.

"I could say I'm innocent, but is anybody really going to believe me,” he said.

A family member tells me the son of Megan Brown and Adam Matos is now 8 years old and living with family out of state. They said he is doing amazingly well and does know what happened to his mother.