- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police in Fargo say a years-old shoplifting warrant gave detectives some extra times as they built their case against the suspect in two recent homicides.

Lt. Joel Vettel tells KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1HkOyHD ) that the shoplifting warrant against 35-year-old Ashley Hunter allowed police to hold the Fargo man while detectives gathered evidence linking him to the homicides.

Hunter has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 45-year-old Clarence Flowers and 25-year-old Samuel Traut.

Authorities say Hunter was acquainted with Flowers, who was stabbed to death in his apartment Monday. Hunter didn’t know Traut, who lived in an apartment building directly behind Hunter’s residence.

The shoplifting warrant was issued in November 2013. It accuses Hunter of stealing a chicken from a grocery store.

Hunter’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the case.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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