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City Man Indicted On Murder Charge

A Jamestown man was 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 after bail was set at $350,000 cash, $700,000 property bond; he was previously held on a parole detainer following the death of Brandon Holland. The indictment was returned July 30.

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

Holland, 23, was stabbed in the chest around 10:30 p.m. July 6 as he walked along North Main Street in the city. He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua but later pronounced dead.

Sorenson was taken into custody at his Washington Street apartment the following day. Police believe the homicide was targeted and not a random act of violence; a prior incident may have precipitated the stabbing.

Family member later held a vigil at the site of the incident.

A pre-trial hearing in the Sorenson case is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 10 a.m., a court clerk said Tuesday.

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.

No further information has been released, though 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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