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An early morning trip to a University Drive Dunkin Donuts left one man dead and the other in jail.Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle talks to NBC 6.
An early morning trip to a University Drive Dunkin’ Donuts left one man dead and the other in jail.
Joni Donley, 28, is accused of strangling a man to death outside a Davie Dunkin’ Donuts, police said.
According to the arrest report, Donley and the victim were arguing about something early Wednesday at about 1:15 a.m.
"There were some racial slurs that were allegedly made and these led for the suspect to become enraged and attacked the victim," Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said.
Police on Thursday identified the victim as David Grant, 48.
Engle said Donley knocked the other man to the ground and strangled him to death. People eating on the patio saw it happen. Without those witnesses giving police Donley's license plate number, they might still be looking for him.
"We were able to make an arrest in less than 24 hours," Engle said.
Donley told police that the victim provoked him and called him a racial epithet.
The arrest report also said that after calling his mother, who is an attorney, Donley did not make any more statements.
Donley's mother would not speak with NBC 6 at her Pembroke Pines home on Wednesday, but a neighbor said he is a quiet man and is shocked to hear about what happened.
Even though Donley is in jail charged with premeditated murder, police still have questions.
"We don't know if they were there together or if they were complete strangers and this confrontation occurred," Engle said. "We don't know why it started."
Dunkin’ Donuts released a statement saying they are sad to hear about the death of a customer and that they are cooperating fully with police.