Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of July strangulation in Tampa

TAMPA — Authorities arrested a man Tuesday whose blood they say was found at the scene of an unsolved killing in July.

Robert Thomas, 35, was taken into custody at his Tampa home without incident by federal marshals, Tampa police said, on a charge of second-degree murder.

He is accused of killing Dwayne Martin, 50, who was found dead inside his home at 3201 W Price Ave. on July 16. Thomas and Martin were drinking together in the home, police said, when they began arguing and Thomas strangled Martin. Blood found on Martin's body and in the home matched Thomas' DNA, police said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement provided detectives with the information about the DNA match Tuesday.

Thomas lived around the corner from Martin's home, according to jail records, at 3113 W Ballast Point Blvd. He was being held in jail Tuesday without bail.

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