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Arrest made in connection with woman found dead in Clearwater

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Clearwater police found a woman dead in a house early Thursday morning, officers said. A few hours later, police arrested a man in connection with her murder.

They responded to a call about 1 a.m. at 1117 Turner St. They found the 54-year-old Amy Lynne Arnold inside dead of upper body trauma, according to the police report.

An investigation revealed Arnold got into an argument with her former roommate, Paul Alexander Denk, 58, from Kansas.  

Arnold's sister was married to Denk's brother years ago, according to the investigation. When Denk moved to Florida he stayed with Arnold, but she kicked him out. He showed up at her door twice this week.

When she didn't let him in the second time Wednesday evening, he broke into the house and killed her with an unknown cutting instrument, police said.

About 30 minutes after neighbors heard the argument at the house, Denk was seen at a local convenience store buying beer. He had blood on his shoes, according to the police report.

He called the police himself and said he found the body.

Police arrested him and charged him with first-degree murder. He is booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

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