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Police: Man left Ormond Beach murder victim in yard

Police said murder was over debt

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

Police arrested Dillon O'Donnell in what appeared to be an argument over a debt.

Detectives said O'Donnell, 18, had been communicating by text message with Davis, 36, in the hours before his death.

Police learned that O'Donnell told acquaintances that 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 were 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 at about 12:40 a.m., and police discovered the body, identified as Davis behind some bushes.

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 live.

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.

She said 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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