Suspect arrested a year after fatal stabbing outside Tempe bar

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TEMPE -- After nearly a year and a half, police believe a murder mystery is solved.


Man arrested for murder months after crime - Man arrested for murder months after stabbing a man to death outside Mill Avenue bar.

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Tempe officers say a man is in custody accused of stabbing a bouncer at a Valley bar.

Edmund Smith III was stabbed outside of the now-defunct La Pita Bar and Grill at Fifth Street and Mill Avenue on March 21, 2008.

Smith died from his injuries two and a half months later.

On Wednesday, Tempe police officers arrested Amante Evans just a block away from the crime scene.

They say DNA evidence found at the crime scene and witness testimony linked Evans to the murder.

He faces one count of second-degree murder and aggravated assault