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Fugitive charged in NYC slaying also wanted in Alabama

NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive sex offender wanted in two states was charged Saturday with strangling a woman and leaving her body underneath a bed at a Times Square hotel.

Police detained the 35-year-old suspect, Clarence Dean, on Friday night after announcing that he was wanted for questioning. He was being held on a charge of second-degree murder.

The unemployed drifter abruptly checked out of his room at the Hotel Carter on Wednesday after a stay of nearly two weeks.

A chambermaid cleaning the room the next morning found the rigid corpse, wrapped in plastic and shoved beneath a bed.

Dean has been in and out of trouble with the law for years, and was required to register as a sex offender because of a lewd act involving a child in the mid 1990s in Palm Beach, Fla.

Sheriff’s deputies in Alabama issued a warrant for his arrest last spring after learning that he had moved out of a motel in Alabaster without informing authorities.

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