The roommates of an 18-year-old man accused of killing a Publix deli worker said the suspect is a devil-worshipping male escort who waved a knife around and talked of killing his intended victim a day prior to the slaying.
Dillon O'Donnell has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 38-year-old Billy Davis of Ormond Beach. A report released Monday states Davis was beaten with a concrete lawn decoration and stabbed "several times" with a folding knife.
Police found his body in a pool of blood in the side yard of the 1920s-era, two-story house he shared with his 90-year-old grandmother and his 70-year-old aunt. The knife was open on the ground at the end of a trail of blood, police said.
The concrete ornament -- a lion -- was found nearby as well, also drenched in blood, the report states.
O'Donnell has not cooperated with Ormond Beach detectives, police Lt. Kenny Hayes said Monday.
But O'Donnell's housemates told police O'Donnell regarded Davis as his "sugar daddy," and that the victim owed him $800, an arrest report shows.
The friends also told The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Monday that O'Donnell had recently become a male escort and Davis was his second client. Investigators did find O'Donnell's picture on a dating app Davis had on his cellphone, the arrest report shows.
"He told me and my brother what he was going to do (kill Davis) but we thought he was kidding," said 21-year-old Richard DeForest, who lives in the same house where O'Donnell had been staying for the past seven months. "He was satanic so we thought it had something to do with that; we thought he was looking for attention."
DeForest said O'Donnell was new at the male escort profession and decided upon that line of work because he wanted "quick money."
"He wanted to charge $350 an hour," DeForest said, referring to O'Donnell. "I guess he thought this guy (Davis) owed him $800."
The siblings said they believe O'Donnell and Davis met and communicated via websites for homosexuals.
Investigators were given some of the same information by the roommates, Hayes said, but they cannot corroborate it because O'Donnell has refused to speak with detectives.
Police, meanwhile, learned of O'Donnell after DeForest called them the night of April 6, several hours after the killing.
According to police, O'Donnell had returned to his residence at the 1400 block of Derbyshire Road.
Both DeForest and Draheim saw the suspect in his bedroom; they said he was nude and trying to wipe blood off his arms. The arrest report mentions that Draheim saw O'Donnell wiping "a lot of blood" from his arms with a wet towel.
"When we saw him we didn't even ask why he had blood on his arms," DeForest said. "I thought it was that devil-worship stuff."
The siblings said O'Donnell liked to talk about blood and sometimes wore a red contact lens and a white contact lens to make his eyes look demonic.
The day leading up to the murder, Davis -- an employee at the Holly Hill Publix -- and O'Donnell had been texting each other, police said. This was a day after O'Donnell told DeForest that he was going to either stab Davis in the neck, or slice his throat, the report shows.
The texting was initiated by Davis, who at 10 a.m. April 5 asked O'Donnell if he could see him that evening, the report states. The two men texted several times through out the day, police said.
At 9:56 p.m. that night, O'Donnell told Davis that he wanted to hang out, the report shows. The victim responded by telling O'Donnell that he would pick him up in 10 minutes at the Derbyshire Road residence, police said.
Davis then took O'Donnell back to his house in the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue in Ormond Beach, police said. It was late Thursday night.
Sometime early Friday, Davis' aunt Shirley Davis noticed that Davis' car door was ajar. She went outside her residence toward an exterior stairwell leading to the upstairs apartment that Davis lived in, police said.
Shirley Davis was startled, though, when she spotted a man running through the side yard. The intruder was attempting to crouch into the bushes, police said.
Shirley Davis went back to her home and called 9-1-1. When she went outside again, she saw that Davis' car was gone, police said.
When DeForest and Draheim arrived at the Derbyshire Road house, they saw Davis' car in the driveway, but no sign of Davis inside their home, the report states. Instead a bloody O'Donnell was inside. After he cleaned up, the men went for a ride in Davis' car.
Upon arriving at a friend's residence at the 1100 block of 13th Street, DeForest told police that O'Donnell started getting nervous. He tried frantically to yank the license plate off the back of Davis' vehicle, the report shows. When that failed, O'Donnell walked back to the Derbyshire Road house.
DeForest told police that when he, too, returned to the house, he saw O'Donnell stuffing bloodied clothing into a bag. O'Donnell then called a friend who lives in St. Lucie County and left, the report states.
Investigators staked out the Derbyshire Road house and when O'Donnell returned late Friday night, they arrested him.source