Suspect arrested in July South Tampa murder of Dwayne Martin

SOUTH TAMPA - Tampa Police and US Marshals Task Force have arrested a suspect in the July murder of a South Tampa man.

The victim, 50-year-old Dwayne Martin, was at his home on West Price Avenue, drinking with 35-year-old Robert Thomas on July 16.

The two began to argue and officials say that's when Thomas strangled Martin to death.

The suspect attacked the victim and strangled him.

Later on, a person walking by the home noticed Martin's front door was open and walked up to the house.

On July 17, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner`s Office completed the autopsy and officially ruled the case a homicide.

On September 17, FDLE provided Tampa Police homicide detectives with a positive DNA match for the suspect.

The DNA came from blood found on the victim and found in his home on the night of the murder.

The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force found the suspect at his home Tuesday and he was taken into custody without incident.

He has been charged with second degree murder.

Thomas had been previously arrested for driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and disorderly conduct.

He also had battery and domestic violence charges that were reduced. 

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