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College Park man wanted in connection with murder investigation found

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Updated: 6/13/2013 9:50 am
COLLEGE PARK, Fla. -- The search ended Wednesday for the man wanted in connection with a murder in College Park.

His attorney says he's innocent.

Police had been searching for Xin Liu since Orlando police said he was a possible suspect in a murder Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, Liu is not charged with murder, but as an accessory.

Police picked him up in the Lockhart area of Orlando.

Liu's lawyer, John Musca, said he was trying to get his affairs in order before he turned himself in.

Musca said Liu planned to turn himself in later Wednesday night but a fugitive task force beat him to it.

Whil Liu was being led to the car, he seemed to have a smirk on his face and even made an odd comment to police just before they drove off to jail: "Are we going to turn the lights on?"


Liu's comments to police as he was taken to jail don't seem to indicate he's taking his charges very seriously, but his lawyer said differently.

"I don't think that the way he behaved or his mannerisms should be interpreted or misconstrued in any manner," Musca said.

Liu is being charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

James Clark was found dead in Liu's College Park apartment Tuesday morning with blunt force trauma to his head, the body surrounded by cleaning supplies.

Liu didn't say a word when asked why he had all the cleaning supplies. From his lack of shoes and jumpsuit, it appeared Liu's clothes were taken as evidence.

This is the second arrest in the case.


Liu's landlord Jeremy Hrabal was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact, after he told police he found Liu standing over the body but waited seven hours to call police.

"Investigators are going to continue this investigation to look in further to each person's role involved in this murder," Sgt. Jim Young with Orlando Police Department said.

Police would not say if they are looking for any other suspect in the case, considering the story Hrabal said Liu told him about finding another man in the apartment.

Police had been looking for Liu for the past two days, but his attorney said he wasn't hiding.

"There was no purposeful evading taking place whatsoever here," Musca said.

Investigators will be meeting with the state attorney's office Thursday and the charges could be upgraded.

Liu's attorney said they plan to enter a plea of 'not guilty' Thursday morning at Liu's arraignment.


Video: WFTV Orlando
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