Police ID victim in College Park murder, make second arrest

Police ID victim in College Park duplex murder, make second arrest

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Jeremy John Hrabal (Photo by Orlando Police) Jeremy John Hrabal (Photo by Orlando Police)
Xin Liu (Photo by Orlando Police) Xin Liu (Photo by Orlando Police)

Orlando police have identified the man whose body was found Tuesday in a College Park duplex and are questioning two people about the death.

Detectives said James K. Clark, 56, died from blunt force trauma to the head.  His body was found in a state of decomposition in a closet inside 24-year-old Xin Liu's West Princeton Street apartment, according to investigators.

Liu turned himself into authorities early Wednesday evening, saying nothing to reporters as he was escorted to a police cruiser.  It is unclear whether or not Liu knew the victim.  The owner of the duplex, Jeremy John Hrabal, 37, was arrested earlier in the day. 

Both men are charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and are being held in the Orange County Jail on no bond.

"Detectives believe that the two people, thus far arrested, are suspects in this case," said Sgt. Jim Young, with the Orlando Police Department.  "He (Liu) was the primary one that we were focused on."  

Sgt. Young added that detectives would be meeting with the State Attorney's Office to review evidence in the case. 

According to the police report, the upstairs tenant had complained to Hrabal for several days about a "dead animal" smell coming from the downstairs apartment and that it was attracting flies.

Hrabal had confronted Liu previously about the smell, the police narrative said, but at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Hrabal finally demanded that Liu let him check the apartment or he'd call police.

When Hrabal entered, he reported to police that he saw "an abundance of cleaning supplies" in an open area. He opened the door to the laundry closet, where he found a man's body lying on its side.

Hrabal said that Liu told him that "many days ago," Liu returned home to find a man armed with a firearm and a 3-pound hammer standing over a dead body. Liu said the armed man told him that he and his family would be killed if he told anyone, the arrest affidavit said.

Orlando Police received a 911 call from Hrabal at 6:18 a.m. Tuesday, more than six hours after he said he first saw the body. Hrabal and his wife, who both own the property, had removed their vehicles from the property before law enforcement arrived "to prevent their vehicles from being searched," the affidavit said.

"This appears to be an isolated incident within this apartment," Sgt. Young said. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Orlando Police or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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