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Suspect indicted in Gainesville dismemberment case

GAINESVILLE — A 29-year-old man accused of stabbing and dismembering another Gainesville resident with a knife at the Sun Suites extended stay hotel has been indicted.

Jose Antonio Garcia-Flores is accused of stabbing Harmon Vonzell Lavender with a knife longer than 3 inches on Jan. 7 at the Jesse Jewell Parkway hotel.

He has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

According to the indictment, Garcia-Flores seriously disfigured Lavender’s body “including his head, legs, hands, fingers, genitals and internal organs.”

Lavender’s body was discovered on Jan. 10 by a maintenance person at the hotel. According to the initial murder charge warrant, Garcia-Flores was living at the hotel.

Garcia-Flores was initially listed as a missing person, Gainesville police said, whose welfare was thought to possibly be in jeopardy.

However, he was located safely in New York and became the primary suspect through the course of the investigation.

An autopsy showed Lavender died of several stab wounds.

Garcia-Flores was booked Jan. 14 into the Hall County Jail, where he remains.