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Man arrested in St. Pete motel homicide


Published:   |   Updated: August 22, 2013 at 05:22 PM

Detectives have arrested a man for murder after a body was discovered this morning at a St. Petersburg motel, police said.

A worker in one of the rooms at the Candlelight Motel, 3405 34th St. N., located the body of a man about 10:30 a.m. today, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Puetz said in a news release.

Detectives said David Charles Willey, 21, met with the victim at the motel and accompanied him to his room, where Willey stabbed the victim multiple times in the upper body with a knife and then left the room. A knife was recovered at the scene.

Security cameras recorded images of the suspect and victim entering the room together and then the suspect leaving the room alone. A motive has not yet been established, Puetz said.

The victim, who has not been fully identified, is thought to be a 19-year-old male of Middle Eastern descent who was a registered guest at the motel, Puetz said.

About 2 p.m., police arrested Willey in a vehicle in the vicinity of 64th Avenue North and 12th Street in St. Petersburg. Willey, whose last known address was in New Port Richey, is being charged with first-degree murder, Puetz said.

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