Police led to Minneapolis murder suspect by bloody fingerprint

A 66-year-old man has been charged with 2nd-degree murder.
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The suspect charged with the murder of a man found dead after a fire at his south Minneapolis home was tracked down after he left a bloody trail at the scene.

Larry Foster, 66, was charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of Daniel Bradley, 60, earlier this month.

Bradley's body was found after a fire at his home at 2633 13th Ave. S. in the early hours of Labor Day morning, but an autopsy later resulted his cause of death being the result of "complex homicidal violence."

His throat had been cut, and had also been inflicted with 100 blunt and sharp-force injuries, per a criminal complaint against Foster.

In charges filed on Friday, police investigating the fire found blood on the back door of Bradley's house, and then a butcher knife with blood on it.

They followed the bloody trail through a neighboring yard, and then found prints on a picket fence "as though someone grabbed it to jump over."

DNA testing and a bloody fingerprint was then matched to Foster on Sept. 6.

Police then began the search for Foster, and learned St. Paul PD were also looking for him as he'd left his pickup near a boat launch at Hidden Falls Park on Sept. 2.

"Inside the truck was blood and another bloody knife," according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

He was eventually caught when police received a tip he was going to check into the Twin Town treatment facility in St. Paul, where he was arrested.

Foster admitted to knowing Bradley but didn't say anything more.

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