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Fayetteville man charged in 2006 slaying

Keith Devon Manuel was already in jail on a murder charge when he was charged in the 2006 slaying of Alfreda Scott Jones.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fayetteville man charged in the Memorial Day weekend death of his girlfriend was charged Wednesday in a slaying from two years ago, authorities said.

Keith Devon Manuel, 32, of 1686 South Reilly Road, was charged with murder in the 2006 slaying of Alfreda Scott Jones. He is being held without bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Jones, 45, was reported missing on Nov. 23, 2006, and investigators said there were signs of a struggle in her home.

A survey crew found her body nearly a month later at the Mariner's Point subdivision near the Hoke County line.

Manuel was arrested in Georgia last month and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Jessica Sinatra Lee-Morgan, 35.

Her body was discovered inside her SUV in Stedman on May 25. A passerby had noticed the vehicle along Shelton Beard Road for much of the previous day.

Cumberland sheriff's Lt. Chris Disponzio said a tip investigators received after Morgan's death, along with forensic evidence from Jones' apartment, led authorities to Manual.

Investigators have no motive for either slaying, and Disponzio said he has notified other law enforcement agencies to look into unsolved murders involving women.

"We are looking at that (possibility)," he said. (We're) taking a look at that to see if there is a possibility of anybody else out there that we don't know about."


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