CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A probable cause affidavit obtained by CBS North Carolina reveals new details in the death of a 72-year-old man found dead in his car in the parking lot of a Cary shopping center in May 2015.
Cary police treated the death of Luciano Mariano Andia as “suspicious” after he was found outside of the Dollar Tree store near the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and High House Road May 9, 2015.
A 911 call made just before 7 a.m. that morning revealed the person who found Andia thought he had been shot to death.
“Somebody shot this man out here in the car. He’s dead. He’s laying out here dead in his car with his trunk open and some holes through the windows,” the caller said.
The medical examiner’s report later said that Andia had actually been struck at least 12 times in the head leaving severe lacerations to his face.
Dwight Anthony Blount, now 56, was arrested in Andia’s death and charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested just a day after Andia was found dead.
A probable cause affidavit submitted by Cary police on Sept. 29 seeking to obtain DNA from Blount via cheek swabs reveals a substantial amount of evidence against Blount, much of which had not been released to the public.
According to Cary police, Blount was identified as the suspect based upon evidence collected at the scene of the crime and because of surveillance footage from numerous businesses in and around Cary where Andia’s bank cards were used after he had been pronounced dead.
The day after Blount’s arrest, Cary police detectives searched the dumpsters in the Buckingham Court apartment complex where Blount lived.
Detectives found three garbage bags with items belonging to Blount, his wife and their children. Found within the garbage bags was clothing, receipts, a credit card and other items they believed to be directly related to Andia’s murder.
Police say in the affidavit that the items included clothing, a hat and receipts connected to completed or attempted transactions using Andia’s North Carolina State Employees Credit Union card at multiple businesses in Cary and Apex on the day Andia was found murdered.
In addition to the NCSECU card, a Visa card belonging to Andia and a plastic Walmart bag with a hammer “covered in a red dried liquid consistent with human blood” were found in the garbage bags.