FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A little more than seven months after a Ft. Lauderdale man was found dead in the backyard of a home, police have made an arrest.

On Wednesday, police announced that 22-year old Herican Barington Austin had been charged in the death of 22-year old Carlton Spear.

Spear’s body was found in the yard of an abandoned residence at 512 NW 19th Avenue in the morning hours of October 9th.  The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Spear had died from asphyxia and his death was ruled a murder.

Investigators interviewed Spear’s neighbors and friends about who he might have been with the night before.

Police said DNA evidence collected from a condom Spear was wearing came back as a match for Austin who was in Broward’s jail on unrelated charges.

During questioning, Austin reportedly admitted to killing Spear.  Austin admitted to detectives that he strangled Spear as they argued over money for sex. According Austin’s arrest report, he “reenacted altercation with Spear and demonstrated to Detective Jaggers how he strangled Spear until he ‘went to sleep’.”

Austin has been charged with murder


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