Florida Police Deal Their Cards Right and Make Second Arrest

By Vic Walter

Nov 8, 2007 5:35pm

Police say a Florida inmate playing cards helped to crack a three-year-old murder case after seeing the six of spades. Bryan Curry, 36, of Riverview, Fla., has been arrested and charged with the Dec. 13, 2004 murder of 34-year-old Ingrid Lugo. Lugo’s picture and details about her murder were on the six of spades of a deck of playing cards issued by the state of Florida, featuring the pictures of cold case homicide victims, missing persons and evidence. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Blotter Seven of Clubs Gives Florida Police a Winning Hand Blotter New Playing Cards for Inmates Designed to Crack Cold Cases Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. After an inmate at the Cross City Correctional Institution saw Lugo’s card, he provided police with information allegedly implicating Curry in her murder. Police say Lugo had been strangled to death and her body left in a retention pond in Bradenton, Fla. Authorities say Curry was an ex-boyfriend of Lugo. Detectives considered him a suspect at the time but didn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest. Curry’s arrest is the second murder case to be cracked by Florida law enforcement since approximately 100,000 cold case card decks were handed out to Florida prison inmates. "Tips from the cards continue to come in, and our law enforcement partners are aggressively working those leads," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. Added Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough, "If you’re a criminal on the lam, we are going to get you."  Florida law enforcement officials say they are working on a new deck of cards featuring 52 unsolved cold cases. The initiative was inspired by playing cards distributed to U.S. troops in Iraq featuring that country’s most wanted fugitives. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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