Man accused in Navarre Beach homicide of childhood friend indicted on murder charges

A Santa Rosa County grand jury on Tuesday indicted John Patrick Guillebeau on first-degree premeditated murder charges in the death of his childhood friend.

Guillebeau, 60, allegedly shot and killed 67-year-old Victor Stephen Trial at the victim’s Navarre Beach residence on Nov. 14.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said last month in a news conference that the two had grown up together in a small town in Georgia.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson announces the arrest of John Patrick Guillebeau in the death of Victor Trial during a press conference on Nov. 22.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson announces the arrest of John Patrick Guillebeau in the death of Victor Trial during a press conference on Nov. 22.

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Authorities would not go into detail about what allegedly made Guillebeau shoot his friend.

First responders found Trial dead from a single gunshot wound to the back and a spent .45 caliber shell casing inside his apartment.

Guillebeau was later arrested in Alabama and extradited back to Florida to face trial. His arraignment is set for Dec. 30, according to State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden's office.

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: John Guillebeau indicted on murder charges in Victor Trial homicide