John M. Dobson, III

State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County.

John M. Dobson, III, died Tuesday at 5:17 p.m. He was 29. His death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Dobson was serving a 5-year sentence for theft of property in Independence County. He was scheduled to be released in 2017.