Man Killed Trump-Supporting Boss After Political Argument Then Draped American Flag Next to His Body, Florida Police Say

A man is accused of killing his Trump-supporting boss at a construction site in Florida after an argument about politics. He then allegedly placed a brand new American flag next to his body.

Mason Trever Toney, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree murder, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

A worker at the Florida Turnpike construction site in Orlando called 911 at around 10.30 a.m. on Monday to report their boss William Steven Knight, 28, had been stabbed and killed by Toney, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Newsweek.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find Knight lying dead next to an excavator with an American flag next to his body, the arrest affidavit said.

Workers told detectives that Toney and Knight were friends outside of work although they had different political beliefs. According to the affidavit, they said Knight was a "proud and outspoken American" who was "pro-Donald Trump" and described Toney as anti-government and "very outspoken about his beliefs that the government is bad and out to get him."

The affidavit said that on the day of Knight's killing, he had picked up Toney for work as usual and while they were driving from one job site to another, an argument broke out.

After they arrived at the Turnpike site, workers there were starting their day when they heard Knight yelling for help from near an excavator, according to the affidavit.

When they ran over, they said they saw Toney standing over Knight and repeatedly stabbing him with a trowel, a tool used for bricklaying.

The workers said that they tried to stop Toney by throwing things at him, but he came towards them with what they thought was a knife.

Toney then jumped into a white Dodge Ram and fled the scene, the affidavit said. As he was driving away, his co-workers said he yelled at them and called them terrorists.

The arrest affidavit said the American flag found next to Knight's body was brand new and the flag's packaging was found next to him as well. Toney's coworkers told investigators that he had shown up to work that day with a backpack, which was unusual as he never usually brought any bags to work.

Knight's father told WESH that Toney was a lifelong friend of his son as well as his employee. "He was a friend of the family. My son went to elementary school with him and to middle school and high school," he told the station.

Deputies in neighboring Brevard County took Toney into custody later on Monday after a brief pursuit during which he crashed his white pickup truck, according to Fox6.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

This article has been updated with information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Mason Toney
Mason Toney, 28, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his boss William Knight at the Florida Turnpike construction site in Orlando, Florida. Orange County Sheriff's Office