Daytona Beach, FL – A Daytona man is now charged with second degree murder after the man he confessed to punching and sending to the ground during an argument on Friday at a Daytona Beach Popeye’s died from his injuries on Tuesday.
The dispute happened at around 6:03 PM on Friday October 20 at the Popeye’s located at 101 N. Ridgewood Ave. in Daytona Beach, according to Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD). 34-year-old James Allen got into an argument with 55-year-old John Roughton.
Witnesses say that Allen was screaming face-to-face with Roughton. Allen punched Roughton in the face and caused him to fall back and hit his head on the ground. Allen fled the scene and walked eastbound on International Speedway. When police arrived on scene, Roughton was laying on the ground unconscious and being treated by medical personnel for a head wound. He was transported to Halifax Health for further treatment.
Police later caught up to Allen in the 200 block of Magnolia Ave. Allen confessed to the crime, and he was arrested for aggravated battery and booked into the Volusia County Jail with no bond.
On Tuesday, Roughton was pronounced dead by hospital staff after passing away from his injuries related to the incident. Allen’s charges were amended by DBPD to second degree murder following Roughton’s death.
(Allen’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County Jail)
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