PINE BLUFF — A prison inmate death Tuesday at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County is being investigated as a homicide, according to Department of Correction officials.

PINE BLUFF — A prison inmate death Tuesday at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County is being investigated as a homicide, according to Department of Correction officials.


John Dobson, 29, died at 5:17 p.m., according to a press release from ADC spokeswoman Shea Wilson. The Arkansas State Police are conducting the investigation into his death.


Dobson was serving a five-year sentence out of Independence County for theft of property. He came to ADC as a new commitment on Jan. 8, 2013. His sentence discharge date was Nov. 15, 2017.