N.M. inmate charged in '05 fatal stabbing in Phoenix

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Tremaine Lee By Jennifer Thomas Tremaine Lee By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- An inmate in New Mexico has been indicted for his involvement in a 2005 homicide in Phoenix.

According to Phoenix police Detective James Holmes, the body of Vester Freeman, 24, was found near a business building in the area of Buckeye Road and 65th Avenue on May 3, 2005. The autopsy revealed that Freeman had died from multiple stab wounds.

Holmes said evidence was collected, but no suspect was identified.

In September 2009, a DNA match implicated Tremaine Lee, who is incarcerated in New Mexico on unrelated charges. Based on this information, a witness was located and interviewed.

Detectives traveled to New Mexico to interview Lee and obtain a confirmation DNA sample. He was 24 years old at the time of the alleged crime.

On March 24, Lee was charged with first-degree murder.