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Murder Charge Filed in Death of Man Found Along Cumberland Roadway

Posted January 22, 2008 8:53 p.m. EST

— Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday charged Jason Stewart Hollingsworth, 31, of Fayetteville, with second-degree murder in the December killing of a man who was found lying next to his car along a county road.

Hollingsworth, of 2637 Clinton Road, was held on a $250,000 secured bond pending an arraignment Wednesday, officials said.

They charged that he killed Michael Dwayne Melvin, 53.

Melvin, of Lumber Bridge, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center early Dec. 22, the day after he was found.

Initially, deputies thought Melvin had been involved in a car crash. He was found lying next to his 1994 black Lexus along L.A. Dunham Road, where the vehicle was partially submerged in a ditch.

Melvin suffered head injuries so severe that emergency personnel could not tell if he had been hurt in the accident or shot.