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Tampa man charged with murder in machete killing

TAMPA -- Before deputies arrested him, a Tampa man charged with first-degree murder abandoned a machete in a public trash can and purchased a one-way bus ticket to Mexico, authorities said Monday.

The body of an unidentified 26-year-old Hispanic male was found dead in a locked bedroom at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrested Candelario Herrera-Vazque, 24, in Ocala after he boarded a bus in Wimauma.

Herrera-Vazquez and the victim fought at about 2:00 a.m., but the body wasn't discovered for several hours, deputies said. Herrera-Vasquez fled to Sarasota County, where he dumped the alleged murder weapon, later found by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Department, deputies said.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at cjohnston@tampabay.com or 813-225-3111.

Tampa man charged with murder in machete killing 07/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 10:49am]
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