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Suspect wanted in Fort Mill killing caught in Missouri

A man who York County police have sought for almost four years forallegedly beating a Fort Mill man who later died was arrested late Thursdayin Branson, Mo., said Lt. Tim Hager of the York County Sheriff's Office.

Clarence Cubley, 81, died in January 2003 after he was beaten and robbed inlate December 2002, police said.

Isaias Diaz Gutierrez, 26, was charged by Branson police on an unrelatedcharge Saturday, but gave authorities an alias and incorrect date of birth,Hager said. Federal immigration authorities put a detainer on Gutierrez, aMexican national, then fingerprint data that came from York County showedGutierrez was the man York County police wanted, Hager said. Gutierrez thenadmitted his identity to Missouri police, Hager said.

Since 2003, police have had pending warrants on charges of murder, armedrobbery and forgery against Gutierrez. Gutierrez is being held on thosewarrants without bond in Missouri while extradition proceedings begin, Hagersaid.

In August 2003, Gutierrez' girlfriend, Dana Gaston Blackmon, pleaded guiltyto armed robbery in York at the Moss Justice Center under a plea deal withprosecutors. Blackmon and Gutierrez once lived at the mobile home park thatCubley lived in and had managed, police said after the killing.

Blackmon admitted she was outside during the robbery and helped Gutierreztake a safe from Cubley's home, prosecutors said when she pleaded guilty.Blackmon, whom Hager said Friday is still in prison, agreed to testifyagainst Gutierrez as part of her plea deal in 2003, Hager said.

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