Steven Lang, 52, was in a wheelchair attempting to pay for an order Tuesday night at the McDonald's on Colonial Drive and John Young Parkway when police say Jerry Tyson, 38, tried to take the money from Lang's hands.
When Lang resisted, they say Tyson stabbed Lang with a butcher knife in front of horrified workers and customers. He fled into some woods, was found by a police dog and arrested.
Tyson, charged with second-degree felony murder, went before a judge Wednesday and was denied bond.
Tyson was released from prison just one week ago, on December 20, after serving time for murder, court records show. The Orlando Sentinel reported 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.
Lang "really didn't deserve it. He was a decent dude," said James Simmons, who says he knew the victim. "He was a nice guy, never really bothered anybody. He just stayed in his room and listened to his music. He was everybody's friend."