Prosecutor: Man stabbed childhood friend in skull with screwdriver-like tool

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-27 09:00:29-04

NEW DETAILS: NewsChannel 3 has learned that according to search warrants, officials found a revolver box, a bag of 22-caliber rounds and a swab of red stains. 

They say these things were found inside of Joshua Horton's home. 

Investigators say Horton killed 29-year-old Steven Musick on June 16. They initially thought it was a bullet wound, but they say it turned out to be a puncture wound from a tool similar to a screwdriver, according to a prosecutor who says the victim was stabbed in the skull. 

Court documents say a nearby home surveillance camera shows Musick's last moments. They say he was being pushed and shoved by Horton before falling to the ground. 

Documents say Horton went into the home while Musick was bleeding in the grass. He later died at the hospital. He was laid to rest last week. Horton will appear in court in September. 

Chesapeake, Va. - A Chesapeake man has been charged with first degree murder for the death of his friend and co-worker on June 16th.

Police say 36-year-old Joshua Horton attacked his childhood friend and co-worker, hitting 29-year-old Steven Musick over the head the night of Monday, June 16th.

People who knew them say the two worked as electricians.

"As far as I know, they were friends and something got out of control," says Susan Withers who lives next door to Horton on Fontana Avenue.

She decided not to show her face on camera, but wanted to share how close-knit her community is.

"My kids and all of them grew up together so this whole neighborhood, pretty much everybody here knows everybody," Withers says.

She says the attack happened on Horton’s front porch. Police say the two were fighting outside around dinner time when Horton used an object to hit Musick on his head.

At this point, investigators aren't sure what that object was. However, the force was enough to send Musick to the hospital with serious injuries.

While being treated, Musick's condition deteriorated and he died the night of Tuesday, June 17th,  at 6:45 p.m. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

Horton was jailed without bond, charged with malicious wounding. Since Musick has died as a result of his injuries, the malicious wounding charge was Nolle Prossed in court on Tuesday, June 24th and Horton was subsequently charged with Murder in the First Degree.

Withers says both are fathers of young children.