Crestview Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

February 18, 2017

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on February 16, 2017, a jury found Glenn David Winstead guilty of First Degree Murder in the death of Daniel Flynn.

The trial began on Monday and concluded on Thursday evening. The Court proceeded to sentencing after the jury verdict and imposed a mandatory life imprisonment sentence.

Glenn David Winstead

On November 20, 2015, the Defendant drove to a home in Crestview and picked up Mr. Flynn. Mr. Flynn was seen leaving the house and getting into the Defendant’s vehicle. Mr. Flynn was reported missing on November 21, 2015 by friends when he never returned. Law enforcement began to investigate Mr. Flynn’s disappearance on November 21, 2015.

Mr. Flynn’s body was found on property owned by the Defendant’s family off of Old River Road on November 24, 2015. Mr. Flynn was found in the woods covered with pine straw and a blanket. Mr. Flynn had been shot fifteen times.

The Defendant’s DNA was found on the blanket covering Mr. Flynn, on a cigarette near Mr. Flynn’s body and in Mr. Flynn’s pockets. Mr. Flynn’s DNA was found in the Defendant’s car that witnesses saw on November 20, 2015. Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that shell casings found near Mr. Flynn’s body were fired from a firearm owned by the Defendant and found in the Defendant’s possession on November 24, 2015.

The investigation and arrest was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Crestview Police Department, Okaloosa Correctional Institution K- 9 Team, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Schlechter prosecuted the case.

Previous story from Nov. 25, 2015

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has developed a person of interest in connection with a murder investigation launched by the discovery of the body of a white male on a parcel of private property off Old River Road near Baker Monday. During the course of the ongoing investigation, the individual was taken into custody Monday on unrelated charges.

58 year old Glenn David Winstead of 1006 Valley Road in Crestview is currently charged with a domestic violence injunction violation for possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of marijuana over twenty grams.

A positive identification of the victim has not yet been made.

After developing Winstead as a person of interest yesterday, OCSO investigators discovered Winstead’s car at the America Best Value Inn in Crestview, 4255 South Ferdon Boulevard. The OCSO obtained a search warrant and found three weapons inside the vehicle. Winstead consented to a search of his hotel room, which turned up marijuana and methamphetamine.

Investigators worked into the early morning hours and today continued searching for evidence in the murder case. They believe the victim could be a Crestview man who had been reported missing over the weekend to the Crestview Police Department. However the Medical Examiner’s Office is working to obtain a positive identification of the victim.

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