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Man found shot to death in a yard in Burlington; suspect arrested

Police said James Donavan Rowell was arrested Wednesday for the death of Tracy Dion Brown.

BURLINGTON, N.C. — After months of investigating, Burlington Police Department report the arrest of James Donavan Rowell, 46, the second arrest made in the homicide of Tracy Dion Brown on Jan. 11.

Rowell was charged with first degree murder. Officers report he was transported to Alamance County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues, police report.

The other suspect, J'Raad Amajh Malik Simpson, 40, was arrested in August for first-degree murder. He's currently in the Clay County, Florida jail with no bond awaiting extradition proceedings.

Simpson and Rowell are accused of killing 54-year-old Tracy Dion Brown on July 5.

Brown was found shot to death in a yard in Burlington around 11:38 a.m. 

The Burlington Police Department and EMS said they got a call around 11:38 a.m. to the 300 block of Foster Street about an unconscious man lying on the lawn. 

This investigation is ongoing.  

The Burlington Police Department is actively seeking anyone with information regarding this shooting or any other related investigation. They ask that you call the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or by using the mobile app P3 Tips. Tips provided through Crimestoppers may be eligible for cash rewards.

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