Arrest made in Ormond Beach homicide

Police said murder was over debt


ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Ormond Beach police said they arrested a man connected with the death of William B. Davis on Friday.

Police said they arrested 18-year-old Dillon O'Donnell in what appeared to be an argument over a debt.

Detectives contacted O'Donnell who had been communicating by text message with William Davis in the hours before his death. O'Donnel, officials said.

Police learned that O'Donnell told acquaintances that William Davis owed him money and that he was going to kill him.

A man's body was found in the yard of an Ormond Beach house early Friday, and authorities are investigating the death as a homicide.

A 911 caller from the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue reported seeing a suspicious person in her yard around 12:40 a.m., and police discovered the body, identified as Davis, 36, behind some bushes, authorities said.

Ormond Beach police said there were obvious signs of trauma to Davis' body.

Davis lived in an upstairs apartment at the home, where his aunt, Shirley Davis, who called 911, and his grandmother also reside.

According to police, Shirley Davis said she saw her nephew's vehicle in the driveway with a door open.  She then looked around the yard and spotted a suspicious person, so she called 911, according to police.

She said William Davis' car was gone after she placed the 911 call, according to police.  The missing car was later found on 13th Street in Holly Hill, police said.

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