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Jamestown man indicted on murder charge

A Jamestown man has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on a second-degree murder charge for his role in the stabbing death of another city resident last month.

Carl W. Sorenson, 28, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Monday before County Court Judge David Foley and remains in jail on $350,000 cash bail; he was previously being held on a parole violation following the July 6 death of Brandon Holland.

Sorenson’s case was one of the first to be heard before a grand jury since March, when most court proceedings were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holland was stabbed in the chest as he walked along North Main Street in the city. He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua but later pronounced dead.

Police believe the July 6 homicide was targeted and not a random act of violence; a prior incident may have precipitated the stabbing.

In related news, a $2,500 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the arrest of 41-year-old Jason E. Talley Sr. The city man is wanted by the Jamestown Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service for absconding parole and for hindering prosecution in connection to the homicide case.

Talley is believed to be in the Buffalo or Rochester area.

The reward is through the Buffalo office of CrimeStoppers. Anyone with information is asked to call 867-6161.

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