PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The man accused of robbing an Englewood antique store and murdering the owner faced a judge Sunday morning.
James Besaw made his first appearance before the Honorable Judge Peter Bell via a television link from the Charlotte County Jail to the Justice Center in downtown Punta Gorda.
The judge denied him bond on the premeditated murder charge.
Besaw is accused of killing Jeffrey Mazur, 64, at Antique Plus.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says Besaw has an extensive criminal background in South Carolina and has served dozens of years in prison.
"This guy is a violent criminal," said Robert Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies tell WINK News the two knew each other from business dealings.
"He came back to the store and there was an argument and then he left the store and came back," said Carpenter.
Investigators say that's when Besaw brutally murdered Mazur.
Neighbors and friends tell us Mazur was a nice guy.
A court date has been set for February 14.