A construction worker decided that he had had enough of his poss. The man, who police said had “anti-government views” killed his boss on a construction site. Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, he draped the boy with an American flag. This has led many to believe that the murder was politically charged.
The 28-year-old employee, Mason Trever Toney, was arrested for murdering his boss, William Knight, also 28-years old.
Toney and Knight were longtime friends. Knight had just hired Toney for a construction job in Florida for widening one of the freeway exits. As to whether Toney was an experienced construction worker or whether Knight was simply doing a favor for a friend is not clear.
Witnesses identified that the two men got into a heated discussion on Monday, potentially over some political differences. That is when Toney took a construction trowel and stabbed Knight to death. Following the murder, Toney used a new American flag to drape the body.
Witnesses state that they tried to stop Toney. However, he fled the scene in a company truck while yelling that they were all “terrorists.” He was apprehended by the police shortly after since he was in a company truck and witnesses were able to provide the police with a full description of Toney.
While plenty of media reports suggest that the killing was politically motivated, especially because of differences in political opinions as well as the use of the American flag for draping the body, Knight’s family suggests otherwise. They identify that Toney was a friend of the family for years and hint at the possibility that Toney was suffering from a mental illness.
Julia Knight, the mother of the victim, says that she can’t explain what happened and she doesn’t understand. She said that she never thought Mason would do that to her son but she says that it wasn’t about politics. Later in an interview, she said that there is “something wrong with Mason.” That is certainly putting it lightly since the average person doesn’t stab a friend with a construction trowel. Additionally, it requires some effort to actually stab someone, so it was clear that Mason was motivated to move forward with the kill, despite witnesses at the scene.
While it’s very possible that Mason is suffering from a mental illness, that will come out during his trial. If the victim’s mother felt that Mason was dealing with mental illness, it would make sense if William Knight knew it, too. Why would you hire someone with a mental illness for a construction site that you’re running? Family friend or not, you make decisions that allow you to get the job done properly – and mental illness and construction is not a combination that has positive outcomes, ever.
With the anti-Trumper being the one to commit murder, it’s hard to say that it wasn’t a political murder. If he was a friend of the family, he knew long ago that he and his “friend” had differences in opinion when it came to politics, so the argument shouldn’t have become so heated. Realistically, most friends with a difference in political opinion never bring politics up as a way of saving the friendship. It’s as if Mason needed an excuse to commit the murder. And if it wasn’t politically charged, why use the American flag? It’s also possible that the murder was premeditated since Mason had a brand new flag on hand to use to drape the body. Most people aren’t simply driving around with a new American flag on their person.
It is not clear as of yet whether Toney is pleading guilty or not guilty. However, witnesses were there to see the stabbing. Further, it is possible that Toney could plead insanity, especially if he does have a mental illness like the victim’s family assumes is the case.
The only thing that is clear is that a man killed another man. Regardless of what the victim’s family wants to say, all signs point to the fact that the murder happened as a result of a difference in political opinion. And, of course, the one who did the murdering was someone known to be anti-Trump. Somehow, the Dems feel as though they can justify murder and violence if they don’t agree with Trump.
One man had to die at the hand of a supposed friend simply because he supported our current President. Toney has been arrested, but it will likely not serve as a deterrent to other anti-Trumpers who believe that they can justify violence.