Jaylane Joslin


ALICIA — A Lawrence County woman’s husband is being held on a $500,000 cash bond in an ongoing investigation of her death.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office found late Monday the body of Kelsey Joslin, 24, at her Alicia home on Lawrence County Road 739. Arkansas State Police joined the local investigation “after family members became concerned about her well-being,” the agency announced.

Joslin’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the cause of her death.

A judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge Jaylane Joslin, 29, with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, the sheriff’s office announced. His plea and arraignment are set for Sept. 29 in Lawrence County Circuit Court.

Kelsey Joslin’s death marks the second ASP-assisted investigation in Lawrence County within a three-month span. The state agency also helped the Walnut Ridge-based office investigate the May 7 murder of James Sartorelli, 61, of Smithville.

Sartorelli was found dead in his home on May 7. According to previous Sun reporting, the suspect in that case – Hunter Carlstrom – was killed during a standoff with federal agents in Oxford, Miss.

Evidence presented in a court hearing revealed that Carlstrom told his girlfriend, Xaveriana Cook, that he was going to rob the victim and kill him.

“He used Cook’s vehicle to travel to Sartorelli’s house and commit the murder. Upon returning, Carlstrom told Cook he killed Sartorelli and Cook observed Carlstrom in possession of firearms, cash and drugs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Mississippi reported.

Two guns stolen from the victim’s house were found at the couple’s hideaway.

The Sun‘s efforts to reach Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates for comment and obtain a probable cause affidavit regarding the Joslin murder case were successful.