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Fayetteville Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

Posted December 20, 2003 8:01 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville police have arrested a suspect in connection with a Friday homicide.

Police arrested 18-year-old James Franklin West of Fayetteville, charging him with first-degree murder. He was being held without bond Saturday.

West is accused of killing Russell Hammonds. A co-worker found Hammonds dead Friday afternoon at Colonial Realty on Ramsey Street.

At first, the co-worker thought Hammonds suffered a heart attack. But paramedics later discovered a gunshot wound to his side.