Beating Death on St. Pete Beach

Sources: Pinellas County Crime Viewer and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Man Arrested in Beating Death on St. Pete Beach

A transient man has been charged with one count of second degree murder for beating another man to death on St. Pete Beach.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 51-year-old Bruce Wilson and 41-year-old Kenneth Darling, also a transient, were drinking together at the west end of 78th Avenue around 2 p.m. on September 15.

Detectives say that Darling and Wilson got into a physical altercation with Wilson beating Darling in the head with his fists. Witnesses told detectives that Wilson struck Darling in the face six to seven times.

When deputies arrived, they found Darling lying unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been notified.

Wilson was arrested without incident and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Detectives believe that alcohol was a factor.



Missing person

9/15, 9:20 a.m., 2000 block of 52nd St. S.


9/15,  9:30 a.m., 3000 block of Clinton St. S.

9/18, 3:00 a.m., 5000 block of Jersey Ave. S.

9/20, 8:30 a.m., 2300 block of 59th St. S.


9/19 19, 5:30 p.m., 5400 block of Shore Blvd. S.


9/ 19, 6:00 p.m., 2000 block of Dolphin Blvd. S.


South Pasadena


9/14, 2:00 p.m., 6900 block of Grand Vista Way S.


St. Pete Beach

Stolen vehicle

9/14, 9:43 a.m., 7000 block of Beach Plz.

9/15, 2:14 p.m., 3100 block of W. Vina del Mar Blvd.


9/14, 10:23 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf Blvd.

9/ 15, 12:00 p.m., 4300 block of Gulf Blvd.


9/17, 12:50 a.m., 5300 block of Gulf Blvd.


9/17, 4:00 p.m., 600 block of Corey Ave.

Vandalism/Criminal mischief

9/18, 9:05 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf Blvd.

9/19, 7:04 a.m., 6800 block of Beach Plz.


9/17, 11:00 p.m., 6200 block of Gulf Blvd.


9/15, 1:43 p.m., 78th Ave. & Coquina Way

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