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Arrest made 14 years after hotel manager was killed
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KENNESAW, Ga -- It has been 14 years since the night manager of a Kennesaw hotel was murdered during a robbery.

The family of Rodney Castlin finally has some solace because an arrest has been made in his murder. Castlin left an impression on everyone he met and was well loved at the hotel. On the night of December 7, 2000 two men wearing skull caps walked into the Wingate Hotel off of Barrett Parkway where he worked and robbed the hotel.

Castlin came out of a back room when he heard a commotion at the front desk. A clerk was being pistol-whipped and the robbers were demanding more money. Castlin told them there was no more and one of the robbers shot him in the chest, killing him.

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The Cobb County District Attorney's Office's Cold Case Squad recently took another look at the case and developed new leads that led to the arrest of James Lorenzo Randolph, 32, of Columbia, SC.

The arrest was made by the U.S. Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Randolph is in the Richland County Jail waiting to be transported to Cobb County.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds told 11Alive that his investigators are close to making a second arrest in Castlin's murder. "T
his was a good decent human being whose life was taken for no reason," he said.

Castlin left behind a wife and three children; his wife, Kelley, was pregnant at the time with a fourth child. Reynolds said Castlin's wife was very happy when investigators informed her of the arrest.

"This young man went to school, had a wife, had children, worked during the evening hours to support both he and his family and his life was taken for $304," he said.

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