Three men have been arrested in connection with what police describe as brutal 10-hour torture session involving physical and sexual abuse. At least one of the suspects is claiming he's innocent.
According to WFLA, police in Brevard County, Florida have named Derek Munnings, 23, as the ring leader of the torture. He currently faces charges of aggravated battery, sexual battery and kidnapping while inflicting bodily harm, reported Florida Today.
A second suspect, Tivy Colderwood, 22, faces similar charges. His lawyers are maintaining his innocence.
“What I can say is my client is shocked by the allegations,” Brynn Brito, Colderwood’s attorney, said. “He denies any and all of them. He’s not certain what happened here in the situation, but he denies any responsibility or activity in the allegation.”
According to Florida Today, both Colderwood and the third suspect, identified as 23-year-old David Grey-Taylor, are each charged with kidnapping, inflicting harm or terrorizing a victim, with Colderwood also being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
It is unclear if the suspects have made additional statements at this time.
The arrest warrant states that the situation began after Munnings called the victim a "snitch" in the home shared by the three accused. There, the victim was allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted by Munnings with the assistance of Colderwood. He lost and gained consciousness numerous times throughout the ordeal.
The details of the situation are gruesome: The victim was reportedly anally penetrated with an unknown object, kicked and punched. He even had bleach poured into open wounds on his face.
The victim was then driven to a remote location where the accused allegedly planned on murdering him. A passing car reportedly scared the attackers, and they fled. Later, the victim was discovered in a ditch. The victim was able to confirm the identity of his attackers while recovering from injuries at a hospital.
“It is likely that it is a drug-related incident and there were some comments that they believed him to be an informant, and that’s not the case,” said Lt. Steve Bland of the Palm Bay Police Department.
According to records from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Munnings is being held on a total bond of $120,000, Colderwood is being held on $72,500 bond and Grey-Taylor is being held on $35,000 bond.
According to Florida Today, the victim was also arrested on an unrelated warrant charge for stealing $800 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. He was taken into jail, where he was placed in the medical ward.
[Photo: Brevard County Police]