Woman is 5th arrested in death of Alamance County man


Pictured left to right: Cameron Romero Graves, Marteese Rasheed Martin, Solomon Gerard Tate and Phillip Jerome Tate

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A fifth suspect has been charged in connection with the death of an Alamance County man.

According to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Ebony Nyiesha Franklin of Greensboro was arrested Thursday as a suspect in the death of 47-year-old Kenneth Joel Clapp.

Franklin is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.  Her mugshot was not available.

Deputies say Clapp’s body was found by a passerby on March 29 in the 300 block of Louis Graham Road.  Investigators believe Clapp was killed at another location before his body was dumped near an abandoned structure about 30 yards from the side of the road.

Investigators estimated Clapp had been dead for less than 24 hours by the time his body was discovered, but it took them several days to identify the victim because the body had “experienced significant trauma.”

Four other people have been charged in the investigation.  Cameron Romero Graves, 24, turned himself in on April 11.  Marteese Rasheed Martin, 25, of Burlington, and Solomon Gerard Tate, 23, of Greensboro, were arrested about a week later.  Solomon Tate’s father, 52-year-old Phillip Jerome Tate, was arrested the following week.

Graves and Martin are both charged with first-degree murder.  Solomon and Phillip Tate are charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Deputies say Franklin is Graves’ girlfriend.  She is being held in the Alamance County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond.

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