Anger Management Therapist Charged with Murder

Travis McBride, a 46-year-old Florida-based therapist known for his work in anger management, has been arrested and charged with murder. McBride, who owns Starting Point Mental Health in DeLand, is accused of shooting a man to death and hiding his body in his car. The arrest came after police were alerted to a suspicious incident at a residence on South Frankfort Avenue.

The caller who reported the incident to the police described witnessing a man cleaning blood off the ground and dragging a body across the road before placing it in his car. The caller also mentioned seeing the man return to the scene with a flashlight, seemingly searching for something.

Upon arrival, DeLand police found shell casings from a firearm and blood on the street. The body of 52-year-old Clinton Dorsey, riddled with bullets, was later discovered in the trunk of McBride’s red Nissan Versa. McBride was spotted near the crime scene and subsequently arrested.

According to Police Chief Jason Umberger, there was an ongoing dispute between McBride and Dorsey. While it’s unclear if the two men were personally acquainted, they were aware of each other. A neighbor reported that McBride had come to her house the previous day looking for Dorsey, whom she described as a homeless man living in the woods across the street.

The neighbor also claimed that McBride had threatened to kill Dorsey, who had allegedly put glass in a jar for his dogs. Other witnesses reported hearing gunshots the night Dorsey was killed, and one person claimed to have seen bloody clothing in a nearby dumpster.

At the time of his arrest, McBride had injuries on his hands, arms, and torso, which he attributed to dog training and shooting. He has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is currently being held without bond at the Volusia County jail. McBride has yet to enter a plea.

Despite his professional focus on anger management, McBride has a criminal history that includes arrests for felony aggravated battery and domestic battery by strangulation. He has previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and completed a deferred prosecution agreement.

McBride, a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in psychology and clinical psychology, has been providing therapeutic services since 2005. He opened Starting Point Mental Health in 2009, where he has worked with individuals, couples, groups, and families to address a range of mental health concerns.