The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) files a second-degree murder charge against a 26-year-old Leesburg man for assaulting a co-worker at their place of employment with a metal bat, causing injuries that eventually led to the death of the victim.
Steve Tilbury’s charge was updated by DBPD yesterday (November 30, 2021), hours after the victim – 50-year-old Charles G. Cummings of Deltona – lost his life at Halifax Health Medical Center (HHMC), where he had been getting treatment since the attack took place on the morning of November 23, 2021 at 932 North Nova Road (Ritchey Autos).
Officers responded to the automobile dealership soon after Volusia County emergency dispatchers received a call for assistance at 8:43 that morning, finding the suspect and victim at the scene. Tilbury was taken into custody at that time on two felony counts of aggravated battery. Cummings was taken from the scene by paramedics to HHMC as a trauma alert.
Witnesses told DBPD that Tilbury pulled up to a maintenance bay in his silver Chevy truck, grabbed a metal bat from the rear of the truck and hit Cummings on the head with the bat while he was sitting at a desk. Fellow co-workers then subdued Tilbury and stripped him of the metal bat prior to first responders arriving on scene.
Detectives believe the suspect and victim had gotten into an argument at work the day prior to the attack.
Tilbury has been at Volusia County Jail since his initial arrest on the aggravated battery charge.