Orlando police arrest College Park murder suspect

Published On: Jun 12 2013 11:29:42 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 13 2013 12:22:35 PM EDT

2nd arrest made in College Park death

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando police arrested a man Wednesday who was wanted for questioning after investigators found a body inside his College Park apartment

U.S. Marshals found Xin Liu, 24, in the Lockhart area of Orange County.

Thursday a judge denied him bond on a charge of accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

Liu remained silent as police walked him out of Orlando police headquarters and took him to the Orange County Jail around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Police have charged both Liu and his landlord, Jeremy Hrabal, 37, with accessory to murder after the fact in the death of James Clark, 56.

Liu's attorney, John Musca, said his client worked for Clark at an interior design business in Orlando.  Musca said Liu has no previous record, has roots in Orlando and is a local college graduate who wants to be a doctor.

Clark's badly beaten body was found in Liu's laundry room at 231 1/2 Princeton Street. The apartment is located right behind Hrabal's College Park home.

Police say they still don't know how Liu and Hrabal knew Clark and they don't have a motive for the murder.

"Detectives believe that the two people thus far arrested are suspects in this case," said Orlando police Sgt. Jim Young. "Investigators are working to determine exactly what role each person played in this."

Police say Hrabal called 911 around 6:18 a.m. Tuesday, saying he found a body in Liu's apartment. Hrabal later told detectives that he made the gruesome discovery after another tenant complained of a foul odor for five days.

Musca said Liu left the scene of the crime because he was nervous and scared.

Hrabal also later admitted he waited seven hours after finding Clark's body before calling for help.

During that time, Hrabal said he helped his tenant remove Clark's vehicle from the property. Police say Hrabal and his wife, Jennifer Hrabal, also removed their cars so police couldn't search the vehicles.

Only Local 6 was outside the home Wednesday night when a man and woman returned to the Hrabal's home, but they too refused to answer any questions.

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