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Roger Clark, Javon Martin arrested for 2009 Arlington slaying of Carl Diener

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Bond hearing set for suspect in Carl Diener murder

Roger Clark III. Photo: Arlington County Police

One of the two men accused in the 2009 murder of Carl Diener was denied bond at a court hearing Thursday morning.

Roger Clark III, 20, faced an Arlington judge, who made the denial. He is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of the 57-year-old Arlington resident.

Police say Clark, along with 24-year-old Javon Marton, killed Diener as he walked to his job at a health club.

Martin is awaiting arraignment.

Roger Clark, Javon Martin arrested for 2009 Arlington slaying of Carl Diener

Arlington police have arrested two men in connection with the 2009 slaying of Carl Diener, who was killed while walking to work at the Sport & Health Club.

Police arrested Roger Clark III, of Severn, Md. on June 6 and Javon Martin, of the District, on June 8. Both are charged with murder.

Clark was arrested in Severn and is in police custody in Arlington. Martin has been transferred from a D.C. jail to the Arlington County Detention Center.

"I am extremely pleased with our detectives' investigation," stated Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott in a statement. "It illustrates that there are no ‘cold cases’ in Arlington; we continue to investigate crimes long after they occur."

Diener, 57, was found stabbed to death in the 3200 block of N. 13th Street. The 2009 slaying shocked the community and friends and family collected $25,000 for information leading to information about his killers.

“It was a big blow to the community when he died and I'm sure a lot of people will happy to hear that they have suspects in custody now,” said Patricia Davis, a friend of the victim. “I'm just really happy there's a chance that justice for him. He was such a nice person.”

No motive for the crime has been cited by police but they do say it wasn't a robbery, hate crime or gang-related murder.

Both Clark and Martin are expected in court to face a judge on first degree murder charges later this week.

“I'm not a surprised it was at least two people,” said Jim Turner, one of the victim’s friend. “Carl's a very big strong man.”

On a web site dedicated to Diener, friends and others posted condolences and memories about the victim.

“It was a senseless crime, it's a senseless crime,” Ron Luna, a neighbor. “I'm glad they caught them and they should be punished.”

On Jan. 21, 2010, Ricky Goldstein posted: I was so sad to learn of Carl’s untimely and cruel death. He was a great guy. Although we have not been in touch for years, I have many fond memories of growing up in Scranton with Carl…especially our summers at Oakmont. We all enjoyed watching Carl play ping pong and just being the kind of person everyone wanted to be with. I hope you are ok. The good memories of Carl will live on as part of his wonderful legacy.

 

Javon Martin

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