Alfred Jermain Arnold
Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections
Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections

Suspect in Rockdale County woman’s homicide arrested in South Georgia

The man accused of killing a Rockdale County woman was arrested in Lowndes County, authorities said.

Alfred Jermain Arnold, born in 1980, faces charges of malice murder, first-degree arson, aggravated assault and theft by taking in connection with the death of 58-year-old Loretta Goolsby, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Yolande Moore said.

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Goolsby’s body was found inside a home in the 1400 block of Lester Road by deputies responding to a missing person call last Friday, AJC.com previously reported. Her death was ruled as a homicide by the GBI after the sheriff’s office said her death “appears suspicious.”

The sheriff’s office hasn’t provided how the body was found or the manner of death. It’s also unclear how Arnold was identified as a suspect or what led to his arrest in Lowndes County, which borders Florida.

He’s previously been convicted of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and attempted theft by taking in Lowndes County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He’s been to prison three times, with his most recent stint ending in July 2018.

AJC.com has reached out to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office for more information on his booking.

As of Friday night, Arnold remained in jail without bond, awaiting extradition to Rockdale County, jail records show.

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