MADISON — A man originally from Madison was arrested here Thursday afternoon in connection with the slaying of a Florida woman.

Shaun Corson, 33, was charged as a fugitive from justice and is being held without bail at Somerset County Jail.

He was described by the U.S. Marshals Service as a suspect in the June 26 killing of Stephanie Slevin, 31, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Investigators conducting surveillance on Thursday saw Corson drive away from a home in Madison around 12:15 p.m., according to a statement from the Marshals Service.

The officers stopped the car and took Corson into custody without incident.

“This is an important arrest that these officers have made. By working together, both Maine and Florida are that much safer today,” Noel March, U.S. marshal for the District of Maine, said in a release.

The Florida Times-Union reported that Slevin was found dead in bushes at Madison at Savannah Oaks, an apartment complex in Jacksonville.

A witness told the newspaper that the killing involved “some type of domestic dispute,” but police did not release a motive or cause of death.

A spokeswoman at the sheriff’s public information office in Jacksonville said she had limited information on the case.

Corson has a criminal history in Maine.

He was convicted in 2002 of burning down his then-girlfriend’s home in Anson, said Evert Fowle, district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties. Corson was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but four years suspended, and six years of probation.

His probation was revoked in 2006 and he was sentenced to three years in prison when he burglarized a car in Madison, Fowle said.

According to a June 28 court filing, Corson was wanted on a charge of grand theft auto for stealing Slevin’s car, Fowle said. He was also wanted for failing to report to his Florida probation officer.

Fowle said he did not know whether Corson was charged with homicide. Either way, he will not be released on bail.

“He wasn’t going anywhere anyway, but if this has been upgraded to a murder charge in Florida, there would be no basis for any court here to set any sort of bail,” he said. “Of all the people who should be held without bail, this one’s at the top of the list.”

Corson is expected to appear in court in Skowhegan this afternoon.

Officers with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and the Madison Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest. The Maine State Police Airwing provided assistance during the arrest through aerial support and observation.

Also on hand were members of the Maine Violent Offender Task Force, which comprises people from the U.S. Marshals Service, Biddeford Police Department, Scarborough Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Slevin’s obituary said she “will be remembered for her beautiful heart, her creative spirit, and her fierce loyalty to those she loved.”

Erin Rhoda — 474-9534

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