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Man found shot outside Arden Arcade home identified by Coroner’s Office

Corey Crawley
Corey Crawley Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

A man found dead with a gunshot wound outside an Arden Arcade residence last week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 39-year-old Jason Roberson of Sacramento.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded about 7:25 a.m. Oct. 8 to the 2200 block of Edison Avenue after a caller reported that a man was lying in a front yard and appeared to be dead.

Deputies located a man who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and had no pulse, according to a Sheriff’s Department release. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Deputies had responded about five hours earlier to a report of gunshots heard in the area but were unable to find evidence that anyone had been shot.

Corey Crawley and Elijah Varnado, both 22 and of Sacramento, were taken into custody Oct. 9. Crawley was arrested on suspicion of murder and Varnado on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and violation of his post-release community supervision probation status, according to the release.

Both men are being held without bail in the Sacramento County Main Jail. Their next court date is Nov. 1.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy