LAND O' LAKES -- The man suspected in a quadruple murder in Pasco County says he is not a killer.
Adam Matos, 28, spoke exclusively to Bay News 9's partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times in a jailhouse interview.
Matos has not been charged in the murders of his ex-girlfriend Megan Brown, 27, her parents Margaret and Greg Brown, both 52, and her new boyfriend Nicholas Leonard, 37. Deputies found their bodies late last week near a Hudson home where Matos, Megan Brown and her parents were living.
On the advice of his attorney, Matos did not answer a lot of questions but he did say he loved Megan Brown and offered a different theory on the murders.
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Matos, who remains the lone suspect in the killings, suggested that a former girlfriend of Leonard may be responsible. Matos told the Times that a woman stalked Megan Brown, once showing up at the family home and at other times made harrassing phone calls and sent threatening letters.
"Everybody's looking at me like I did it," Matos said in the interview. "All the fingers point to me, you know? So I'm not going to change anybody's beliefs."
Matos remains in jail on a separate aggravated assault charge stemming from a domestic incident at the Hudson home Aug. 28. Detectives said Matos held a knife to Megan Brown's throat during that incident.
During the interview, Matos denied the argument, saying it was a minor disagreement and that there was no violence.
Less than a week after that incident, Brown, her parents and Leonard were all found dead in a field near the home and Matos was the subject of a manhunt, being located with Brown's 4-year-old son in a downtown Tampa hotel room.
Matos also was asked about the boy Tristan, but did not comment on how he got the boy after the killings. When asked why he went to Tampa, Matos said he needed time to think.
When asked where he planned on going from Tampa, Matos said he didn't know.
Detectives have released only a few details about what specific evidence ties Matos to the slayings.
Court records in Pennsylvania show Matos had been arrested numerous times for harassment, theft, burglary, trespassing, assault and driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to some of the charges, and others appear to have been dismissed.
Tristan will be cared for by his mother's family in New Jersey while permanent custody is worked out, family members said.