Antônio Evaristo de Macedo, 58, known as "Hammer".  (Photo: Straight from the Streets)
Antônio Evaristo de Macedo, 58, known as “Hammer”. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)

Antônio Evaristo de Macedo, 58, known as “Martelo”, has an extensive criminal record, accumulating passages for drug trafficking and rape, being an old acquaintance of the police. He was arrested on Saturday morning (6) accused of killing the elderly couple Celeste Vedoja, 75, and Ávio Rodrigues Máximo, 83, in Coxim, 253 km from Campo Grande.

Information gathered by Campo Grande News are that Antônio also accumulates tickets for violent robberies, has already been identified as the author of murder and attempts. He had recently left the EPMC (Coxim Male Penal Establishment) and as he had nowhere to stay, he was taken in by the elderly, who provided the man with food. He just didn’t stay overnight at the residence.

Police are investigating possible robbery, robbery followed by death. Antônio denies the crime, but there is information that he had a fight the day before with one of the elderly. Witness also claims that the suspect tried to xerox the victim’s documents a few days before the crime.

Another fact that caught the attention of the authorities is that shoe prints compatible with those of the suspect were found at the scene. When he was located, as soon as he saw the civil police, he began to shout that “it had nothing to do with what happened with Celeste and Ávio”. “It is noteworthy that no one informed the reason for the approach, but before any inquiry, he tried to justify himself by saying that he had nothing to do with the crime”, informed the Civil Police.

Slipper that Antônio wore at the time of arrest and bloody footprint in the elderly home.  (Photo: PCMS Disclosure)
Slipper that Antônio wore at the time of arrest and bloody footprint in the elderly home. (Photo: PCMS Disclosure)

found dead – The case was discovered after the elderly caregiver arrived at the property, in the central region of the city, around 6:20 am today. She noticed that the house was all overturned and several objects thrown on the floor. Soon, she found Ávio lying in the back area of ​​the residence, with blood marks. The caregiver ran outside asking for help.

The Military Police went to the residence and found that the elderly man was dead. Then the military searched the place and found Celeste in the couple’s room, on top of the bed, also dead. The bodies were stiff, indicating that death had taken place the night before.

The caregiver said that she left the house around 6 pm yesterday, leaving the couple and Antônio at the scene. The expertise found that Celeste was wounded in the jugular and Ávio in the back of the head. “The instrument used was a kitchen knife, which was found at the scene and apprehended. At first there were these injuries, but only a more detailed examination will point out other injuries”, said expert Eduardo Santana Cardoso.

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