By Dirk Lammers, The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A man wanted on charges of arranging a Lee County
murder nearly eight years ago was arrested Wednesday in England for
allegedly killing a constable, authorities said.
David Bieber, who disappeared in 1995 after the Lee County sheriff
issued a warrant for conspiracy to commit murder, had been working as
a doorman in West Yorkshire under the name of Nathan Wayne Coleman,
Lee County sheriff's deputy Larry King said.
Police in northern England arrested Coleman, suspected of killing
Constable Ian Broadhurst and seriously injuring another officer after
they tried to handcuff him Friday during a traffic stop, King said.
Police and FBI officials linked the two homicides through
fingerprints a day before the arrest, he said.
In Florida, Bieber is accused of paying two men $1,000 to kill Markus
Mueller, a fellow personal trainer and bodybuilder, as he answered
the door of his Bonita Springs home in February 1995.
King said the motive was a love triangle between Bieber, his wife,
Danielle, and Mueller, Danielle's former boyfriend. Mueller was shot
four days after the Biebers had married.
The hit man, David Paul Snipes of North Fort Myers, is serving life
in prison. A go-between who arranged the killing, John Saladino, was
allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and received a
15-year prison sentence to be followed by 10 years on probation.
Bieber had been featured five times on the "America's Most Wanted"
television show, most recently in June. Each airing brought in
countless reports of sightings, but Bieber remained elusive.
"At times, we felt we were just on his heels," King said.
Bieber, using the Coleman alias, had apparently obtained a driver's
license and passport in 1996 in Charleston, S.C. He indicated his
intention to travel to France but wound up in England, King said.
Broadhurst was fatally shot after he and fellow officer Neil Roper
placed a man in the back seat of their squad car while they ran a
check on a strangely parked BMW.
When the car came up stolen, one officer opened the back door to
handcuff the man. The man drew a handgun and shot each policeman
several times, fatally wounding Broadhurst and seriously injuring
Audio tapes from the car showed the suspect had a North American
accent, and Coleman's name emerged after officers raided an apartment
close to the abandoned getaway car.
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It was not immediately known when Bieber could be returned to the
United States, or whether he will be tried first in England, King