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Arrest made in doctor's slaying

A Miami man was arrested late Monday and charged in the Jan. 25 murder of St. Petersburg emergency room physician Louis Alexander Davidson.

St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Doniel said detectives and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested Robert Roy Gordon, 31, at 6:40 p.m. Monday in Dade County.

Gordon, who was charged with first-degree murder, was being transferred to the Pinellas County Jail late Monday.

Doniel released few details of the arrest or the reason detectives believe Gordon killed Davidson. He said the investigation is not over.

"It's a very involved case," Doniel said.

"All I can tell you is that we and the FDLE continue to investigate this matter."

Davidson was found dead the afternoon of Jan. 25 in his apartment at the Thunderbay complex in north St. Petersburg.

Detectives first said he had been beaten to death, but after an autopsy they said the cause of death was something other than the beating he suffered before he died.

Since then, detectives have released few details about the case.

Ten days ago, Doniel said detectives were looking for a man with a foreign accent and his female companion. The morning of Davidson's death, the two were seen near Davidson's apartment. They were in a foreign car with Broward County license plates.

Davidson, 39, was the director of pediatric emergency services at St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center. He went to work for the hospital in 1987 after completing a residency at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

He was originally from Kingston, Jamaica, where he attended college and medical school.

At the time of his death, Davidson was involved in a bitter divorce from his wife of 13 years, Denise, who lives in the couple's home north of Tampa.

The couple's daughter lives with her mother. Friends said Davidson had made plans to remarry just before he was killed.

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