Phoenix Police Make Second Arrest in 5-Year-Old Murder Case

Categories: Cold Case Files
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Everybody loves a good cold-case file, and the Phoenix Police Department is happy to oblige whenever it can.

Yesterday afternoon, Phoenix cops arrested a man in connection with the 2005 murder of 24-year-old Vester Freeman.

Freeman's body was found stabbed to death on May 3, 2005, in front of a business at 601 South 65th Avenue.

There were no witnesses to the crime, and the case soon turned cold.


In fall 2009, detectives turned their attention to Tremaine Lee, arrested in New Mexico on an unrelated crime.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times that while in custody, Lee had to give a DNA sample, which was put into a national DNA database. Lee's DNA turned out to be a match for DNA found at the crime scene, resulting in him getting indicted for Freeman's murder.

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Once detectives linked Lee to the murder, it became apparent that he wasn't the only one involved, and police began to take a look at his uncle, 39-year-old Tiger Flowers Jr.

It would seem that Lee rolled over on his uncle, but Martos says that wasn't the case. He says police interviews with family members and witnesses are how police linked Flowers to the murder.

Martos says the victim actually was living with one of the suspects before the murder. Flowers Jr. and Lee grew angry with how Freeman was treating members of their family and people in the neighborhood, which is why, Martos says, they stabbed him.

Martos wouldn't say where the stabbing occurred but says it wasn't in front of the business where the body was found -- he says the body was moved there after the murder.

Flowers was arrested yesterday. His DNA also was found at the crime scene, but, as you may have guessed, he says he didn't do it.

He's currently in a Maricopa County jail and is scheduled to  be be charged with first-degree murder.   
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Jyscast
Jyscast

Vestor Freeman wasn't so innocent. He was a suspect in a murder January 15, 1998. Sad  that family never has found out who murder their loved one. In one way or another those who take someone life, will pay. Who knows how many other people were killed by this monster who got what was coming to him. Sad that his own people had to take him out. People don't realize what the family of the victim go thur.

Thulsa
Thulsa

You'd be suprised how dumb a couple people on a jury can be.  He recently had 2 charges with aggravated assault for being in a room with other people, in which Tiger walked over from the other side of the room and busted a mans face while the victim was sitting down on the floor.  The victim had both cheeks split open, busted orbital socket, broken nose, loose tooth, huge swelling, large amounts of blood spilling all over the floor.  The irony was Tiger claimed selfdefense and a couple of the jurors actually bought it, when it was nothing more than Tiger being pissed off and taking it out on the victim.  The jury was unable to deliver guilty for aggravated assault because of these jurors, and Tiger got off with misdemeaners.  Embarrassing day for justice.

IRRITATED
IRRITATED

first of all Thulsa the jury did not convict him  simply because on the jail video of the incident you clearly see the guy constantly throwing orange peels at tiger whil tiger is lying down. Tiger's bail had already been posted he was waiting to be released. The police also had statment from other inmates that were also in the pod an they all stated there same as the video stated. So please if your going to speak on something know the fact please. IIts not nice to just start rumors of someone that is so childish that is so much for elementary school grow up PLEASE.

Thulsa
Thulsa

Please explain how throwing trash/orange peels at a garbage in which Tiger was sitting by the right to walk over and beat them up?

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