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Suspicious death leads to murder charge for King man

Responders locate body of Kelley Christine Blackwell after accident call

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On October 3, the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dennis Rufus Sapp, Jr., 55, of 1288 Forge Mill Road in King, and charged him with the murder of Kelley Christine Blackwell, age 49.


Stokes County Emergency Services and the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded just after 4 p.m. on October 2 to a possible automobile accident at 1288 Forge Mill Road in King and found Blackwell, who was pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene.


According to a press release issued by the Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, emergency responders made an initial assessment and requested sheriff’s investigators’ assistance, due to the suspicious nature of the scene. The initial 911 call was reported as a possible automobile accident


The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, along with the N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. SBI conducted an investigation into the scene and evidence found, along with “available information that produced very serious concerns surrounding the nature and death of Kelley Blackwell.”


An autopsy was conducted on October 3.


Investigators with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dennis Rufus Sapp, Jr. and charged him with felony murder on October 3. Sapp was transported to the magistrate’s office and processed with no bond and a court date of October 7.


Sheriff Marshall, in the press release issued Monday morning, stated: “It is very sad that this happened right at the start of domestic violence month. There is never a good time for things like this to happen. We offer our thanks, and, we are very grateful to the NC State Highway Patrol and the NC S.B.I. for their very professional assistance to the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.”


Final autopsy results are still pending.

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