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No drugs found in car of attempted murder suspect

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Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

BROOKSVILLE - Two Atria at Evergreen Woods residents who were allegedly beaten by an off-duty security guard early Thursday morning remained in guarded condition Friday.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said Friday there were no updates on the conditions of Miriam Lepp, 88, and Joseph Giambrone, 83.

Both were taken to a local trauma center Thursday morning after being beaten in the face and upper body by Brian Murphy, 22, sheriff's officials reported. They had multiple broken facial bones, and Sheriff Al Nienhuis said they were lucky to be alive.

Murphy is accused of breaking into the assisted living facility where he worked on weekends shortly after midnight Thursday, and beating Lepp and Giambrone in the face with a scissor jack. He took a swing at an on-duty security guard before being pinned down until law enforcement arrived.

He was arrested on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was being held without bail.

Nienhuis said Thursday that Murphy likely was under the influence of drugs or addicted to drugs at the time of the attack and had been homeless for about one month.

His motive remains unknown. Nienhuis said he might have broken into the facility to take food.

Moloney said Friday a search of Murphy's car did not produce any drugs.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

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