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Police find items linked to murdered urologist

BEAVER, Pa. - A search of the apartment of a man arrested on a probation violation during an investigation into the robbery and murder of a doctor turned up $950 in cash and a bank book in the name of the victim's wife, police said.

Authorities yesterday released a list of the items Pennsylvania State Police took from the apartment of Damian Bradford, 23, in an investigation of the murder of Dr. Gulam Moonda, 69, on the Ohio Turnpike.

Mr. Bradford has not been charged in the case.

Dr. Moonda, a urologist from Hermitage, Pa., and his wife, Donna, were driving on the turnpike in North Royalton, a Cleveland suburb, on May 13, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Mrs. Moonda pulled over so they could switch seats, and a man got out of a van and demanded money, then shot Dr. Moonda once in head.

Dr. Moonda's wife and her mother were not injured. Authorities have not said how much money was taken.

State police investigators searched Mr. Bradford's apartment in Monaca, about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, on Friday after two confidential informants told authorities that he had been having an affair with Mrs. Moonda, 46.

Among the items police said they found were three pink bath towels with "biological stains," which authorities declined to describe further, and a bank book for an account listed under Mrs. Moonda's maiden name, according to WPXI and KDKA-TV. They also found $950 in cash, according to KDKA.

Police also said they found injectable steroids, hypodermic needles, a digital scale, and other equipment used to package drugs. In an affidavit of probable cause for the search of the apartment, police said Mr. Bradford had told them he had sold cocaine "to make ends meet."

His attorney, Jim Ecker, said the money and other items taken from his client's apartment didn't tie him to the doctor's death.

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