Homeless man faces second-degree murder charge in chokehold death


    Domingue Olman (PBSO)

    A homeless man is accused of killing a 62-year-old man earlier this week, Delray Beach police said.

    Just after sunrise Monday morning, police received a 911 call about someone lying in the pavement outside a business on Southeast 2nd Avenue, according to police. It turned out to be the body of 62-year-old William Cleckler.

    Except for a few beer cans scattered around the body, detectives didn't see signs of anything suspicious, police said. There was no evidence of a fight, any drug paraphernalia or any physical trauma, but what wasn’t visible to the naked eye became apparent later that day during an autopsy.

    As she studied the body, an assistant medical examiner from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office saw signs of a possible homicide, police said. Cleckler’s injuries appeared to be caused by strangulation from a chokehold.

    Detectives reviewed surveillance video from nearby cameras at the scene. While they didn’t record any foul play, police say they did capture a man in a black hooded sweatshirt with flowers on the lapel walking around near Cleckler throughout the night.

    On Thursday morning, officers found that man, 24-year-old Domingue Olman, near the scene of the crime, according to police. The black hoodie with the flowers hung on a fence post nearby.

    Olman later told detectives that he knew Cleckler, whom he had bought a beer and hung out with the night before Cleckler was found dead, police said. Olman later said that he killed Cleckler by placing him in a choke hold.

    Both he and Cleckler were homeless.

    Olman is now facing a charge of second-degree murder.

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