Crime

Bradenton double murder suspect ordered to provide DNA sample, fingerprints

ttompkins@bradenton.com

One of two men charged in the Jan. 19 fatal shooting of Karl Tuxford and fatal stabbing of Jordan Finlon was ordered to provide detectives with a DNA sample and fingerprints Tuesday.

Tuxford, 38, was found shot to death in his Jeep in the 1100 block of Eighth Avenue East just before 1 p.m. Jan. 19, after Bradenton police received reports of gunfire. Less than an hour later, the body of Finlon, 23, was discovered by passing motorists on the side of Bishop Harbor Road in northern Manatee County.

Ahmad Leon Dunbar, 38, was identified as a suspect by the sheriff’s office Feb. 15 after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Dunbar is charged with second-degree murder with a firearm in the fatal shooting of Tuxford, but has not been charged in Finlon’s slaying.

On Wednesday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Hunter Carroll ordered Dunbar provide detectives with a DNA sample and fingerprints.

Dunbar’s defense attorney, Charles E. Lykes, argued against the order.

“I have read, and reread and reread the affidavit and find the probable cause is very weak,” Lykes said.

Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said an eyewitness was identified in the affidavit he had filed to go with his motion.

Carroll disagreed with Lykes and said there is sufficient cause to order Dunbar to provide a DNA sample and his fingerprints. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office homicide detective Jeffrey Bliss and a crime scene technician were waiting to take the samples, and did so immediately after.

The first suspect identified, Dwayne Edward Cummings, 39, was charged just days after the slayings, and later arrested. He was later indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Another suspect, Fredrick Douglas, 43, had been arrested on unrelated charges and questioned about the slayings, but he has not been charged.

Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012

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