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Man faces two counts of murder in slayings

Sheriff's officials say DNA linked Fred Cooper Jr. to the house of Steven and Michelle Andrews.

Associated Press
Published January 12, 2006

FORT MYERS - A Bonita Springs man was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a couple in their home last month, authorities said Wednesday.

The slayings received national attention because the couple's 2-year-old son called 911.

Fred Dewitt Cooper Jr., 27, is charged in the Dec. 27 murders of Steven and Michelle Andrews, both 28, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said.

Steven Andrews had been having a relationship with a co-worker and Cooper was the boyfriend of that co-worker, Scott said.

Investigators took a DNA sample from Cooper's workplace, Sun Sports Cycle & Watercraft, in Fort Myers last week and compared it with forensic evidence from the crimes.

"Mr. Cooper, through DNA evidence and other evidence, was identified," Scott said.

Records indicate Cooper was twice arrested for theft and twice convicted of felony burglary in Martin County.

[Last modified January 12, 2006, 01:21:24]

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