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Arrest made in summer slaying of homeless man in Seffner

SEFFNER — Six months after discovering a homeless man's body in a Seffner field, deputies say they have arrested the man responsible.

David Choppa, 46, was charged Friday with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and petty theft.

They say that on July 1, a tipster called detectives to a field near Pine Street and Homerville Lane in Seffner. There, authorities found Stevie Means, 60, dead.

The next day the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office determined Means had been murdered, deputies say. Deputies say it appears he died during a fight. His injuries are consistent with being punched and possibly choked.

Over the course of their investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office identified Choppa as a suspect. Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest Friday and he was picked up at his Seffner home.

Arrest made in summer slaying of homeless man in Seffner 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 4:08pm]
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