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Son-in-law’s DNA link spawned slaying arrest


– Thirty-six-year-old Freddie Alcantar Jr. wasn’t a murder fugitive for long.

Less than 24 hours after Allen County prosecutors charged him in the slaying of his mother-in-law, U.S. marshals in California picked him up.

While court records still reflect that no warrant has yet been served on Alcantar, Fort Wayne police confirmed Friday that he is in custody.

Alcantar is charged with a single count of murder in the late-August slaying of 59-year-old Debra Jones inside her suburban home at 5518 Myanna Lane, near St. Joe Center and Maplecrest roads.

Jones’ body was discovered by her daughter and Alcantar. Her death was Allen County’s 30th homicide of 2013.

There were 44 homicides last year.

She bled to death from a sharp wound to her neck.

According to court documents, Alcantar was placed in the area of the slaying by cellphone records and surveillance video at a gas station around the time of the crime, about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 30.

And while Alcantar insisted to detectives he was at home in bed with his wife that night, a mixture of blood collected from the kitchen of Jones’ home contained Alcantar’s DNA, according to court documents.

There is no information in court records as to when Alcantar will make his first appearance in Allen Superior Court.