Suspect arrested in homicide of Florida gay couple


Peter Avsenew

A suspect is in custody in the double homicide of a gay couple found slain in their Wilton Manors, Fla., home over the weekend.

Peter Serge Avsenew, 26, was arrested miles away from where police believe he murdered Kevin Mark Powell and Stephen Adams.

According to police, Avsenew lives in Hollywood, Fla., where the victims lived previously, but it’s unclear whether that is related to the crime. Investigators have not yet released information regarding a motive of the crime, or how the two men died.

The couple was discovered when officers went to the their home after Adams’ sister called police because he did not show up to her home for Christmas.

Adams, 52, and Powell, 47, met at a Cleveland gay pride parade 29 years ago.

“They fell in love, and they’ve been together ever since,” Powell’s brother, Shannon Kicklighter, told the Miami Herald.

Avsenew, a felon, has previously been convicted of vehicle theft, robbery, grand theft, and check fraud. He also has pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.

No charges have been filed yet, but Wilton Manors police have labeled Avsenew the primary suspect.

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