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Caught on camera: Murder suspect hides to avoid law enforcement

Caught on camera: Murder suspect hides to avoid law enforcement

WEAR has obtained new video and documents of a man charged with the murder of his mother-in-law.

Robert Lucas has been charged with the murder of Carrie Brewer.

The video shows Lucas back on the street before he was named as a suspect and before the victim’s body was found. Her body was found Wednesday morning in her Navarre home.

Lucas was captured later that day.

Home surveillance video shows Lucas on the street Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. and again at 9:24 a.m..

On his second trip, Lucas darts into a yard and hides behind a garbage can after seeing deputies at the home. They were there taking a missing persons report because the body had not yet been discovered.

A neighbor who shared the images with WEAR was stunned by what she later saw on the video, which she has now turned over to law enforcement.

"I didn't expect him to be just walking around like nothing’s going on. It looked like he was just walking home. How brave do you got to be to walk down your own street, knowing there are police down there?” said a homeowner, who wished to not be named.

In a report obtained by WEAR Friday, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office found letters written by Lucas.

The report said a search of the home on Fulva Drive revealed "multiple notes and lists written in Robert's handwriting cataloging plans to commit not only the murder of Carrie but also the murders of several other members of Carrie's family."

Deputies also found "large amounts of blood spatter, blood pooling, and the top of a human head with grey hair under a pile of miscellaneous items piled on top of it."

The report says after removing the piled items, a female's body was found underneath. The body had multiple lacerations to her head and skull.

Lucas allegedly told a family member spontaneously that "she" would not leave him alone and that he beat "her " to death, but gave no further details.

Lucas was captured Wednesday following a high-speed chase. He’s been charged with premeditated murder, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing an officer, and resisting arrest.

Lucas will be back in court March 7.

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