Verdict to be decided Monday in murder of Florida Atlantic student from 2015

Former Owls soccer player faces a life sentence if convicted.

Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Joe Pye, News Editor

Donovan Malik Henry —  a former Florida Atlantic soccer player who was accused if being involved in the shooting death of another student at University Park apartments in 2015 — will have his fate decided in the Palm Beach County Circuit Court on Monday.

Henry is accused of the murder of Nicholas Acosta on Dec. 29, 2015, in University Park Apartments, a mile away from the Boca Raton campus.  

Text messages between the two show that Acosta was going to purchase marijuana from Henry. Five men arrived at Acosta’s girlfriend’s apartment at 135 NW 20th St., with one of the men wearing a green mask. The group forced Acosta and his girlfriend to the ground and the masked individual shot him twice in the torso when Acosta asked what was happening.

Henry is accused of first degree murder with a firearm, burglary while armed with a firearm and robbery with a firearm. If convicted, he faces an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Joe Pye is the news editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @jpeg3189