Suspect in wheelchair-bound man's death has history of stabbings
Jerry Tyson (Photo by Orlando Police)
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The suspect in a Christmas night fatal stabbing of a wheelchair-bound man at an Orlando McDonald's restaurant has a history of stabbings, records show.
An Orlando Police report says Jerry Tyson, 38, stabbed a customer in a wheelchair with a butcher knife when the customer refused to give up his money during a robbery attempt at the McDonald's on Colonial Drive and John Young Parkway.
Workers and customers reportedly looked on in horror Tuesday night as the man stabbed the victim several times in the stomach.
Tyson went before a judge Wednesday, where he was denied bond. He is charged with second-degree felony murder, robbery and resisting an officer with violence.
Court records show Tyson has a history of stabbings.
He was released from prison December 20 -- less than a week ago -- after serving time for murder. The Orlando Sentinel reports that in 1999, he was charged with stabbing a man on a bus in Ocoee, records show. In 2000, Tyson was arrested on a murder charge after stabbing a man in Kissimmee.
Residents of the Maxwell Terrace apartments across the street from the crime scene said the victim is named Steve and he had his own apartment here.
"The guy really didn't deserve it. He was a decent dude," said James Simmons, who says he knew the victim.
"Somebody that violent doesn't need to be on the streets," he said.
Tyson denied Fox 35's request for a jailhouse interview. Police say the restaurant has video security cameras, which captured the crime on tape. But detectives will not release that videotape because it will be used as evidence at Tyson's trial.
The state attorney's office tells Fox 35 News that Tyson is charged with second degree murder, but the case could go to a grand jury, which could decide to charge him with first degree murder.
"He was a nice guy, never really bothered anybody," Simmons said of the victim. "He just stayed in his room and listened to his music. He was everybody's friend."