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Published: Saturday, 9/12/2009

Toledoan, 19, held in Mich. man's slaying

Fleetwood Fleetwood

A 19-year-old man was in the Lucas County jail Friday after being arrested at a Toledo home and charged with open murder and robbery in the death of a Bedford Township man.

Zavier Fleetwood was taken into custody without incident about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 1000 block of East Broadway, Toledo police Sgt. Phil Toney said. The Lucas County jail listed Mr. Fleetwood's address as 1349 East Broadway.

He is awaiting extradition to Monroe County to face charges in the death of James Robert Williams, 38, of Temperance. Mr. Fleetwood was charged in Monroe County with open murder and robbery, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Williams's father discovered his son's body inside a house at 7052 South Telegraph Rd. around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mr. Williams' car, a 2007 silver Ford Fusion, was missing.

The vehicle and other property from the victim's house were recovered in an alley between Ironwood Avenue and Crystal Street in East Toledo, police said.

An autopsy by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death as "multiple stab and incised wounds."

Mr. Fleetwood's brother, Anthony Cardell, 21, who gave his address as 705 North Erie St., also was arrested at the East Broadway residence.

He was charged with obstruction of justice and booked into the Lucas County jail pending arraignment Monday in Toledo Municipal Court, according to the jail records.

Authorities do not believe he was involved in the murder, according to Toledo police.

Three other men were detained at the East Broadway address and interviewed by investigators, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Sergeant Toney said evidence was found at several locations that led to the arrest. The victim was last seen early Tuesday morning and a family member last spoke with him Tuesday night, according to the sheriff's office. A neighbor reported hearing the victim's dog bark just before dawn Tuesday.

Monroe County sheriff's Sgt. Heath Velliquette said Wednesday there was no sign of forced entry and that authorities believed the victim might have known the suspect.

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