Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit have arrested a former professional boxer for the 1987 murder of his manager.
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Los Angeles Police Department Fugitive Task Force took 50-year-old Exum Speight into custody on Sept. 25 at his residence in San Fernando. Speight was charged in a warrant issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with one count of murder for the killing of Douglas Stumler.
The murder occurred on March 29, 1987 in Stumler’s apartment in the 1200 block of South La Cienega Blvd. Stumler’s body was discovered by a friend who went to check on his welfare after he had failed to report to work at the Los Angeles County Housing Authority. The victim had been working as a boxing manager, with Speight being one of his boxers. The original investigation was handled by the West Los Angeles Area Homicide Unit.
The break on this investigation came after LAPD Cold Case detectives reviewed the case and screened the evidence for potential forensic leads. Speight’s DNA allegedly matched evidence found at the murder scene.
Stumler was a native of New Albany, Indiana, who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Indiana approximately six years before his death. He had been managing Speight for approximately two years when he was killed.
In 1996, nine years after Stumler’s murder, Speight fought Wladimir Klitschko, the current heavyweight champion of the world.
Anyone with information about he crime is asked to contact LAPD Robbery-Homicide Cold Case detectives at (213)486-6825. During weekends and off hours, call the LAPD hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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