Phoenix police make second arrest in '05 homicide

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have made a second arrest in a 2005 homicide.

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.

An autopsy revealed that Freeman had died from multiple stab wounds.

Evidence was collected at the scene, but no suspect was identified and police were unable to locate any witnesses.

In September 2009, a DNA match implicated Tremaine Lee, who was incarcerated in New Mexico on unrelated charges.

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

After Lee's arrest, detectives developed new information, which focused their attention on a second suspect, Tiger Flowers Jr., according to Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos.

Flowers, 39, was arrested Thursday afternoon. Although Flowers has denied any involvement in Freeman's death, Martos said his DNA was found at the scene of the crime.