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Florida man accused in carjacking confesses to killing a man

January 17, 2022 GMT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man who was arrested in a carjacking case told investigators he had also killed a man a week earlier, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

After being arrested Sunday for the carjacking, Alexander Acs, 33, rode with Orange County Sheriff’s detectives to an Orlando-area apartment complex, where investigators found a badly decomposed body. Acs told authorities he used a chunk of asphalt to kill the man.

According to deputies, Acs arrived in central Florida on Jan. 7 and was looking for an ex-girlfriend who had pressed charges against him in the Tampa area. An arrest affidavit did not describe those charges, but Acs told investigators he wanted to “take everything from her” and leave the country.

He was staying with someone in the area, who was not identified in the affidavit. Investigators said Acs apparently became upset with the man. On Jan. 11, he brought a “large piece of asphalt” to the apartment and hit the man over the head, tied him up and then hit him at least two more times with the concrete.

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Investigators said Acs put the man’s body in a bedroom and covered it with clothes. He also turned the air conditioner to a low setting and doused the home with lighter fluid to cover any smell of a decomposing body, according to the affidavit.

Acs told authorities he then “wandered Orlando, sleeping in the woods” as he tried to track down a male friend of his ex-girlfriend.

He tried to make contact with the man on Sunday, which led to the carjacking. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Acs and on Monday he was charged with first-degree murder. Sheriff’s officials said they also plan to charge him with attempted murder, robbery and carjacking.

Acs told investigators that he “intends to plead guilty to the murder and hopes to receive the death penalty,” the arrest report said.

The carjacking victim is expected to survive the attack, sheriff’s officials said.

Court records did not list a lawyer who could speak on behalf of Acs.