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Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hotel, police say

Suspect arrested in Chicago

MADISON, Wis. - A suspect in a drug-related homicide case was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday, according to a release from Madison police.

Marcius Lee, 42, was arrested on a first-degree intentional homicide warrant in the death of Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, according to the release.

"It appears he stays in various locations, often at hotels. He does have contacts here in the Madison area. He is not a Madison resident and has no permanent residence in the city," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Sunday. Officers found that France had been shot and killed. Police said they believe the homicide was related to drug activity.

"We believe the motivation for this crime was drugs and/or drug money," DeSpain said. "We're still investigating. We have people in the Chicago area at this time looking through things, trying to figure out what he had on his person in the area where he was staying."

On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning.

According to the release, France died from gunshot injuries.

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