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Police make arrest in Tampa man's stabbing death

Qushawn Williams, 21, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

Qushawn Williams, 21, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

TAMPA — A DNA match from blood helped police make an arrest in connection with the Feb. 23 death of a man who was attacked and stabbed inside his Tampa home.

Qushawn Williams, 21, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the killing of 51-year-old Juan Ordonez.

Ordonez, whom neighbors knew as "Papi," was killed early Feb. 23 in his home at 1317 W Arch St. in the West Riverfront area of Tampa.

Two days later, detectives interviewed Williams, who lives a few blocks away at 1715 W Union St., according to an arrest report. He denied having ever been inside Ordonez' home.

Police conducted DNA testing. The results came back Thursday, revealing that Williams' DNA matched blood found at the murder scene, the arrest report stated.

Detectives surmised that Williams got into a fight with Ordonez and used a knife to repeatedly stab him in the neck, the report stated. After Ordonez died, Williams stole his wallet and cellphone, police said. He used the phone to make multiple calls, according to the report.

Records show that Williams' DNA was already on file in a state criminal database. At 16, he committed a burglary and was later convicted of the felony, records show.

He was also sent to jail repeatedly on charges of probation violation and failure to appear for court hearings. He faced a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery for an incident last year, but the charge was dropped.

Williams was booked Thursday in the Hillsborough County Jail on second-degree murder and grand theft charges. He was held without bail.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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