NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – William Broyles, the man accused of fatally shooting his wife, daughter and son at their Nassau County home, appeared in court Thursday morning for arraignment.
Broyles’ defense lawyer, Richard Kuritz, entered a not guilty plea to all counts on his behalf.
Broyles was indicted in January on three counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have notified Broyles that they intend to seek the death penalty should he be found guilty of first-degree murder charges, according to a court document obtained last week by News4JAX.
On Thursday, Kuritz told the judge Broyles’ psychological evaluation is still underway.
Broyles did not speak on Thursday. His next court date is March 10.
Broyles is accused of fatally shooting his 57-year-old wife, 27-year-old daughter and 28-year-old son in December 2021.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said that before the shooting there was no history of domestic problems at that address.
“This case is just tragic. It just, it’s crazy. It just doesn’t make sense,” Leeper said in a news conference following the shooting.
As revealed in December on the staff page of Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Broyles was listed as the church’s director of music ministries. His name has since been removed from the page. The staff page stated that Broyles had been its church musician for 23 years, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and has worked in the aerospace and medical device industries.
Broyles is being held in Nassau County jail without bond.