Once officers got a hit on that fingerprint, it was less than five hours before David Meyer was in custody for the murder of Attorney Fred Parker.
David Meyer was led to jail in the wee hours of the morning, just 20 minutes after a bulletin went out for him and a stolen truck he might be driving.
Officer Susan Burton saw that truck in the Motel 6 parking lot on North Monroe Street. She says, “I thought he abandoned the car and got into another one and left town. So, we set up on the car and within minutes, I saw him walking on the third floor."
Police investigators now say Meyer was trying to rob Fred Parker in the Market Square restroom that day, and Meyer's undoing was a fingerprint he left behind on a newspaper there.
LT Mark Wheeler of the TPD says, "As soon as we had that one thing, boom, the motel logs made sense, the tapes made sense, things like that all started making sense."
It turns out Meyer is wanted in West Palm Beach for questioning in the murder of his roommate, who investigators say was also stabbed repeatedly. That murder happened February 28.
Police say Meyer arrived in Tallahassee the very same day. He stayed at the Motel 6 near Market Square until the morning of the murder, and checked into the Motel 6 on North Monroe Street about 30 minutes after the killing.
Meyer’s says, "I haven't worked since mid-January."
Meyer was denied bond at his first appearance Friday morning.
Victim Fred Parker's widow calls his arrest an answered prayer. Now, she says, he can never do this to someone else.
Police recovered a knife believed to be the murder weapon in Meyer’s room, as well as a bloody jacket.
Those items will now be tested for DNA evidence.