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Suspect in North Fort Myers murder charged

December 13, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Homicide detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit have identified and charged a man for the murder of 61-year-old Kurt Nusbaum of North Fort Myers.

According to the LCSO, Vincent Michael Yazvac, 27, of Fort Myers, has been charged with felony murder, home invasion robbery and three separate counts of grand theft and is currently in custody at the Lee County Jail.

During the investigation, detectives learned the victim was last seen Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2013. The last call from the victim's phone that day was to a local bail bond company. The information led to the identity of Yazvac as the caller and a location where he was staying.

While the suspect denied knowing Nusbaum, he claimed he borrowed a stranger's phone to make a call from Wal-Mart in North Fort Myers. The suspect positively identified Nusbaum as the man who loaned him the phone. Still, Yazvac denied killing Nusbaum and provided an account of a friend he later went out with Sunday night.

Meanwhile, detectives received an anonymous tip that Yazvac had known Nusbaum, detailing facts about his residence and carrying large sums of rent money over the past few months, reports indicate. According to the Sheriff's Office, a friend who admitted accompanying the suspect on Sunday night was identified. The witness acknowledged meeting Yazvac at a local motel where the suspect displayed a bag of handguns and more than 1,000 in cash.

The Sheriff's Office reported Yazvac admitted to thewitnss that he shot the victim in the head, stole his SUV and even showed the witness the gun he used. The witness corroborated dropping off the stolen Expedition on the side of the Interstate and assisted detectives in locating stolen items discarded by the suspect.



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