Historic City News was informed that a St. Johns County jury sentenced a 27-year-old Palm Coast man, Justin Adam Boyles, to two concurrent life sentences. Boyles was convicted of second degree murder and kidnapping on December 14, 2015.
He will spend the rest of his life in a state prison facility, as Florida does not allow for parole.
Boyles, along with Co-Defendant Charles Massey – who testified against Boyles during the trial, tortured and beat 54-year-old Edward Scott Mullener to death before setting the victim and his vehicle ablaze in the Flagler Estates neighborhood.
Evidence presented at trial shows that Boyles became angry with Mullener over his relationship with a woman that Boyles was also involved with romantically.
The Co-Defendant Massey previously admitted to his role in the slaying and was already sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the murder. The Victim, Mullener, was found in the trunk of his vehicle that had been burned.
Assistant State Attorney Chris Miller, of the State Attorney’s Homicide Unit, prosecuted the case. Seventh Circuit Judge J. Michael Traynor presided over the case and pronounced sentence.