Convicted felon wanted for woman’s murder in Broward dies before arrest

The 35-year-old suspect in the murder of a 20-year-old woman last year in Pompano Beach died before Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to arrest him, authorities said on Tuesday evening.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – The 35-year-old suspect in the murder of a 20-year-old woman last year in Pompano Beach died before Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to arrest him, authorities said on Tuesday evening.

Shortly after Local 10 News aired a story about the anguish that the victim’s family is feeling, Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for BSO, said Alaysia Hart’s murder case was closed months ago.

Hart’s grandmother Zoraida Rosado said she has been dealing with uncertainty since Hart died on Feb. 21, 2021, at the Exxon gas station, at 220 S. Dixie Hwy., in Pompano Beach.

“I have cried every day for 16 months. I wake up. I see her pictures,” Rosado said adding, “Calls and calls and calls, and they never return the phone call. There’s no justice; there’s no closure.”

After hearing Rosado’s questions about the case, Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for BSO, said the case had been closed months ago.

The official case status: “Due to the murder of Anthony Eason prior to his arrest for manslaughter in the shooting death of Alaysia Hart the case will be classified as a homicide and deemed exceptionally cleared.”

This is the photo that is on file for Anthony Eason in the Florida Department of Correction's database. He was released from prison on Oct. 1, 2020. (FDOC)

There was a warrant for Eason’s arrest in the case after detectives gathered ballistics and DNA evidence, records show.

The Miami Police Department reported Eason was shot on July 4, 2021, just west of Overtown. He died on July 16 at Jackson Memorial Hospital of complications with gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.

Records show that had Eason survived, he would have faced charges of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Florida Department of Corrections had released Eason from prison on Oct. 1, 2020, records show. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Dec. 3, 2007, for an armed carjacking, robbery, and battery on Dec. 26, 2005.

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