Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the clerk, who had one of the last interactions with the suspect, moments before police said he murdered his boss in Middlebury.
A neighbor found 79-year-old Isidore Ellin in a pool of blood in his driveway on Nov. 3.
One of the last stops before Ellin died was at the Cherry Valley Marketplace in Waterbury.
Police said in that plaza parking lot, police said Ellin had a run-in with the suspect, 44-year-old Steven Brockett, who has 27 convictions including eight prior felony convictions for robbery and assault.
And hours later, Ellin was found dead in the area of 41 Tower Road.
Dressed in camouflage, this is exclusive surveillance video of Brockett walking into Empire Wine and Liquor, moments before police said he murdered Ellin.
“He just kept looking outside the window,” Victor Kumar, who is the clerk at Empire Wine and Liquor, said. “He parked his truck out here, and that's it.”
Kumar was one of the last people to see Brockett. Court documents show Brockett came here to the package store and the surveillance video shows he got excited to buy two cans of Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas. But that emotion subdued when checking out.
“No, he didn't say anything,” Kumar said. “He said nothing.”
But police said he had a lot to say outside where he had a verbal exchange with Ellin. Both men left with Brockett going to another store before leaving the plaza.
Police said Ellin was discovered motionless with cuts to his head, lying in a pool of blood in his Middlebury driveway.
Police using the surveillance video were able to track Brockett down. He came in for questioning and admitted to police, he fought Ellin over money.
According to court documents, when he came home, Brockett confronted Ellin about getting paid. Ellin refused to pay and said that he allowed Brockett to use his Volvo and had to spend man hours disputing taxes with Waterbury for that vehicle.
That's when documents show “Brockett looked down and saw a piece of wood on the open tailgate of a pickup truck, grabbed it and struck Ellin in the head numerous times.”
For the man who had one of the last interactions with the suspect, Kumar said it's all too surreal.
“I'm feeling bad, for the person who died,” Kumar said. “I'm feeling bad for him.”
Brocket is charged with murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. He remains in prison and is being held on $750,000 bond.
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