- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GRADY, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Correction says a state prison inmate at the department’s Varner Unit at Grady has died.

Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said Wednesday that 29-year-old John Dobson died Tuesday afternoon and state police are investigating. Wilson says the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Wilson said she can’t release other details, other than to say it does not appear a weapon was used.

Dobson was serving a five-year prison sentence for a theft of property conviction in Independence County. He had been in custody since January 2013.

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