Former pro boxer arrested for 1987 murder of his coach

September 28, 2013

Exum Speight

A former pro boxer was arrested last week for allegedly murdering his boxing coach more than 15 years ago.

50-year-old Exum Speight was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with the murder of Douglas Stumler. Stumler was 30 years old at the time of his death.

Police say that on March 29, 1987, Speight killed Stumler in his apartment. Stumler’s body was found by a friend the next day, after he failed to show up to work. Stumler had been working for the Los Angeles County Housing Authority, and had taken a side job as Speight’s manager for approximately two years.

There were apparently “multiple causes of death,” including strangulation and stab wounds.

According to the LA Times, Speight was allegedly always considered a potential suspect due to issues between him and Stumler, but police were never able to link him to the murder, until now.

DNA evidence, which obviously hadn’t been available in 1987, that was taken from Stumler’s body allegedly matches Speight. No word on a motive.

Speight will be arraigned on Thursday. He is being held on more than $1 million bond, and he maintains his innocence.

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