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In less than 24 hours, police were able to arrest a suspect in a homicide that took place Thursday night in Princeton.

33-year-old Bruce Lee Milam of Kegley, W.Va. was arraigned by Judge Flanigan Friday night on first-degree murder charges for stabbing a man to death.

Prosecuting attorney Tim Boggess says the victim was 58-year-old Lester Sloane.

Detectives say the two men's relationship was drug-related; the motive appears to be robbery.

To get to this point, detectives were up for more than 24 hours straight, working to identify and then catch their suspect.

Their work began when they were called to a house on Harley Drive in Princeton Thursday evening after a family member found Sloane.

"Basically these are what we would consider the "who-done-it" cases. When we arrive on scene, we don't have a shooter or a suspect wielding a weapon," said Detective L.B. Murphy with the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept.

With no known suspect on the scene, they combed the house and surrounding area, searching for clues.

"We had evidence that was obtained at the crime scene as well as some phone records which led us to a hotel here in Princeton at which time we went to the hotel. We also learned that the suspect had just checked out and basically was picked up by a taxi and transported to the location in Lindside," said Murphy.

That's where Milam was arrested with the help of state police.

"We worked, again, as a great team and was able to do it in under 20 hours," said Detective R.M. Combs with the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept.

Detectives say they are not looking for any other suspects in this crime; the only suspect in this murder now sits behind bars in the Southern Regional Jail, facing life in prison.

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