CLEARWATER, Fla. -
Clearwater Police detectives have charged a 58-year-old man with first-degree murder in the slaying death of his former roommate.
Amy Lynne Arnold, 54, was found dead in her Turner St. home Thursday morning.
Her former roommate, Paul Alexander Denk, 58, called police to the scene around 1:00 a.m.
The two had lived together the last three months after Denk moved from Kansas. He was residing with her on a temporary basis until the victim kicked him out last week, according to police.
He returned Tuesday night, but the victim would not let him in. He slept on the carport that night.
He came back to the house late Wednesday, and again the victim refused to let him in. Denk then gained unlawful entry into the house and killed her with an unknown cutting instrument.
Denk initially said he had no involvement in the crime and that he had just discovered her body. But detectives found several inconsistencies in his story.
About 30 minutes after neighbors heard arguing, Denk was at a nearby convenience store buying beer with blood on his shoes. He went back home and eventually called police and said he had found the body.
Denk, who has lived in Florida only a short time, has a lengthy prior criminal history in Kansas. His charges include burglary, aggravated assault, DUI and domestic battery.
The victim's sister had been married to Denk's brother years ago.
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