A Cameron man was arrested Friday for the July 5 murder of Jason William Arnold in Sanford.
Franklin Deon Dorsett, 35, was charged by the Sanford Police Department with one count of first degree murder and one count of a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dorsett is currently being held in Lee County Jail on no bond.
Arnold was found lying in the middle of Crestview Road in Sanford at 4 a.m. on July 5, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to Sanford Police, officers attempted to save his life until an ambulance arrived. Arnold was taken to nearby Central Carolina Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Arnold was a 1993 graduate of Lee County High School and later attended Central Carolina Community College.
This isn’t the first time Dorsett’s name has been linked to a murder in Lee County. He was one of six people arrested in January 2014 for the November 2013 home invasion murder of Anthony Wayne Giles [coincidentally, The Rant‘s first news story].
In February of the following year, Dorsett and the five other suspects were cleared of Giles’ murder and all charges were dismissed following the arrests of four New Hanover men in connection to the crime.
In 2010, Dorsett was one of two men shot by Tauren Tyrell Gunter during a gathering of about 250 people at the Lee County Fairgrounds. According to reports at the time, Dorsett was shot in the groin during the incident.