Holly Hill cops: 3 men jailed on 2nd-degree murder charges in death of man pushed through glass plate window

James Cory, charged with 2nd degree murder / Headline Surfer®Christopher Hoit charged with 2nd degree murder / Headline Surfer®Andrae Jelks charged with 2nd degree murder / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer®
/ James Hoit, 26, his brother, Christopher Hoit, 23, and Andrae Jelks, 25, shown from left to right in the inset, are all being held without bond on charges of second-degree murder in Saturday morning's death death of Alia Malik, 43, shown below, who died several hours later after he was thrown through a large plate glass window outside a Holly Hill pool hall.
 

Alia Malik, Holly Hill homicide vicftim / Headline Surfer®HOLLY HILL -- What sparked a fight that led to a man's death after he was pushed through a plate glass window outside Brown's Billiards over the weekend is a mystery as three men accused of second-degree murder remain held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

"The reason for the fight is unknown and currently under investigation," Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker told Headline Surfer® Wednesday.

Here is a synopsis of what is known at this point as summarized by Barker in justifying the second-degree homicide charges that could net three men in custody prison sentences of up to life, if convicted at trial.

At 02:19 a.m. Saturday, officers from the Holly Hill Police Department responded to a fight in the parking lot of 1595 N. Nova Road, where Brown's Billiards is located.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Alia Malik, 43, "bleeding profusely from an injury he received when he was pushed through a plate glass window. The victim was rushed by ambulance to Halifax Medical Center for treatment, Police Chief Barker said. But at At 05:16 a.m., Alia Malik was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Alia Malik, 43, "bleeding profusely from an injury he received when he was pushed through a plate glass window. The victim was rushed by ambulance to Halifax Medical Center for treatment, Police Chief Barker said. But at At 05:16 a.m., Alia Malik was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Arrest warrants were secured, second-degree murder charges were lodged against James Corey Hoit, 26; Christopher Robert Hoit, 23, both of Holly Hill and Andrae Jelks 25, of Daytona Beach, in Malik's death.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.