Former professional boxer charged in 26 year old murder case

Exum Speight arrested in the murder of his former manager

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -  A former professional boxer arrested in connection with his manager's killing more than 26 years ago made his first court appearance today on a murder charge. Exum Speight, 50, was ordered to remain jailed on just over $1 million bail while he awaits arraignment Oct. 9 at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles.   Speight was arrested Wednesday at an undisclosed location in San Fernando on a warrant issued a day earlier charging him in the March 29, 1987, death of Douglas Stumler, authorities said.  Stumler -- who worked for the county Housing Authority -- was found dead in his apartment in the 1200 block of South La Cienega Boulevard in West Los Angeles by a friend who went to check on him, police said.   Authorities have not disclosed how Stumler died.   Police credited the arrest to a grant from the National Institute of Justice that enabled detectives to come up with DNA evidence incriminating Speight, who had a 9-39 record as a professional boxer, including losing on a second-round technical knockout to Wladimir Klitschko, now the heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association,  International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Organization.  The Nov. 30, 1996, fight in Austria was Klitschko's second as a professional.   Stumler was an Indiana native who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Indiana University about six years before his death. He had been managing Speight for about two years when he was killed.

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