Update: Lonoke Co. homicide suspect threatened victim days before murder, investigators say

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LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.- Investigators with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office say a man arrested on suspicion of killing a woman had threatened her life days before her murder.

In an affidavit released Monday, investigators say Dexter Dodson, Jr. threatened Shelanna Martin’s life just days before Martin was found dead near Tomlinson Road January 29.

According to the affidavit, Dodson’s father says his .9 mm handgun was missing from his home.

The handgun was later found in the father’s truck, which he said his son could have used the vehicle earlier in the day, according to the affidavit.

Investigators also found what appeared to be a drop of blood on the passenger’s door of the truck.

According to the affidavit, the DNA will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.


LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. — The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest after a women was found murdered along a rural road.

Dexter Dodson, 26, is in the Lonoke County jail facing a Captial Murder charge.

Investigators say he murdered 43-year-old Shelanna Martin of Lonoke, and left her body off Tomlinson Road Wednesday night.

“Everybody was getting ready to go home when the call came out, pretty much everyone stayed out most of the night to find out what happened, get this apprehension and kind of get some closure for the family,” said Lt. James Hall.

Dexter Lamount Dodson, Jr.

Deputies found Dodson, and placed him into custody around 4:15, Thursday morning.

“We look at everything as if it was our family that was going through this, we’d want them to have answers, the right answers, just as quick,” Hall said.

Dodson is being held with no bond.

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