Man stabs Trump-supporting boss to death after political argument
A Florida man with anti-government views fatally stabbed his pro-Trump boss after they got into a political argument, USA Today reported.
Mason Toney was charged with first-degree murder for the killing of William Knight, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff's Office obtained by USA Today. Knight's body was found at a highway construction site next to an American flag, the affidavit said.
Knight was described by co-workers as an "outspoken American" who was "pro-Donald Trump," and Toney as "anti-government and very outspoken in his beliefs that the government is bad and out to get him." Despite their political differences, co-workers told investigators that the pair were friends outside of work.
Workers at the Florida Turnpike construction site said the men began arguing in the car on the way to different job sites. Once they arrived at the Turnpike site, they heard Knight yelling for help. When workers ran over, they claimed they saw Toney standing over Knight, stabbing him with a trowel, according to the arrest affidavit.
The workers tried to stop him by throwing things at him, but he moved toward them with what they believed was a knife. Toney jumped in his car and drove away while calling his co-workers terrorists, the affidavit said.
Deputies in a neighboring county apprehended Toney several hours later. Toney was booked into jail and was being held without bond as of Tuesday, according to WTVJ.