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Man arrested in Fla. in connection with death of Fayetteville veteran

Posted January 25, 2017 8:11 p.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2017 8:12 p.m. EST

A Fayetteville man was arrested Wednesday night in Florida in connection with the death of an army veteran found dead last week.

— A Fayetteville man was arrested Wednesday night in Florida in connection with the death of an army veteran found dead last week.

Family members found the body of 86-year-old Gerald Gillespie in his apartment at 5 Briar Circle shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan 18. Relatives and friends said that when they had not heard from him, they became worried.

Fayetteville police began investigating the death as a homicide, but did not say how Gillespie died.

Fayetteville police said they identified Jameel Malik Davidson, 21, who lived in the same apartment complex as Gillespie, as a suspect.

Police said Davidson fled from Fayetteville and authorities began working with his family to coordinate a safe surrender.

Davidson was arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service Wednesday night in Miami, Fla. He will remain in custody and face an extradition hearing.