A Florida dealership employee is facing a second-degree murder charge after allegedly striking his co-worker in the head with a metal baseball bat. The co-worker died a week later.
Cummings died Tuesday at Halifax Health Medical Center. The Daytona Beach Police Department said charges for Tilbury, who was initially charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery, were changed that day to second-degree murder.
Larry Kelly, the dealership's general manager, said in a statement to Automotive News and the Daytona Beach News-Journal: "Our understanding is that a service department team member from Ritchey Cadillac Buick GMC was attacked by a fellow team member resulting in critical injuries. Sadly, he later succumbed to these injuries."
"We continue to work with and cooperate with proper authorities in the interest of justice. We are providing support to all our team members and to the victim's family, and we pray for all parties whose lives have been impacted by these events."
Automotive News has reached out to Ritchey for further comment and to confirm whether or not Tilbury is still employed there.
Police said Tilbury, of Leesburg, Fla., showed up to work in his truck, parked in a maintenance bay, pulled the bat from the rear and proceeded to hit Cummings, of Deltona, as he sat at a desk.
Dealership employees "subdued" Tilbury and took the metal bat from him, police said.
Tilbury and Cummings may have gotten into an argument at work the day before, police said.
Tilbury is being held without bond at Volusia County Jail. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 17, according to court records.
Michael Lambert, the defense attorney for Tilbury, declined to comment on the case.