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Man wanted in killing of roommate arrested

NEW PORT RICHEY — Philadelphia police described Anthony Durman's sad existence. Every day after work, it was the same routine: drinking from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. His favorite: Jack Daniel's whiskey.

Somebody would drive Durman home, where he lived with Victor Alfonsi. The men often argued.

Then, one day in January, Durman beat his roommate to death, said Philadelphia Detective Leon Lubiejewski.

For two days, the detective said, Durman stayed in the house with the body.

When police learned of the killing, they questioned Durman, 47, the last person to see Alfonsi, 41, alive. But they didn't have evidence to arrest him.

Afterward, Durman moved to Pasco County, where his mother, Mary Capella, lives.

On Tuesday morning, authorities came calling.

FBI investigators and Pasco sheriff's deputies arrived at 5351 Avery Road, where Durnam was living with a friend from Philadelphia, a sheriff's spokesman said. The friend didn't know about the warrant.

Lubiejewski said DNA tests linked Durnam to bodily fluids found on sharp objects inside his home in south Philadelphia. They got an arrest warrant June 20.

Capella said her son, who had no prior convictions, intended to get his life together. Durman attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and lived in a Hudson homeless shelter, Holy Ground, she said.

Employees at Holy Ground said they had never heard of Durnam or Anthony Capella, an alias he often used.

Police located Durnam after he called a friend in Philadelphia who also knew Alfonsi. The friend told Philadelphia detectives where Durnam was and they contacted the FBI.

Durnam was held Wednesday in the Land O'Lakes Jail.

Nomaan Merchant can be reached at nmerchant@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6244.

Man wanted in killing of roommate arrested 07/02/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 5, 2008 10:48pm]
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