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Fayetteville police arrest 36-year-old man in 1996 homicide

Posted March 10
Updated March 15

Johnny Frank Bell Jr.
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— Fayetteville police arrested a 36-year-old man charged in connection with the 1996 shooting death of Mark Blackmon Tuesday afternoon.

Johnny Frank Bell Jr., whose last known address was in the 1900 block of Dancy Street, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon last week.

Authorities said Bell surrendered to the Cumberland County Detention Center Tuesday, where he was being held without bond.

Blackmon died Oct. 15, 1996, after being shot in the 200 block of Colonial Avenue near North Street.

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  • Robert Fotch Jr Mar 10, 2016
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    20 years on the run and did it when he was 16. Wonder why he hasn't been caught.