Man charged in St. Pete Beach beating death

Bruce Wilson booking photo (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives say a 51-year-old man beat another person to death Thursday in St. Pete Beach.

The incident happened around 1:55 p.m. at the west end of the 78th Avenue cul-de-sac, west of Coquina Way.

Kenneth Darling, 41, and Bruce Wilson, 51, were drinking together on 78th Avenue, detectives said. “Detectives say that Darling and Wilson got into a physical altercation and Wilson began beating Darling in the head with his fists. Witnesses told detectives that Wilson repeatedly struck Darling in the face six to seven times,” a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

Responding deputies found Darling unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wilson is charged with second-degree murder. Detectives say alcohol impairment is likely a factor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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