published Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Sheriff seeks leads in Coffee County fatal attack

HOW TO HELP

Anyone with any information about the Nov. 13 attack at 7951 Maple Springs Road, between Manchester and McMinnville, Tenn., is asked to call the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at 931-728-3591.

Coffee County, Tenn., authorities still are sorting out an attack on Maple Springs Road that left a man dead and his fiancee injured and bleeding two weeks ago.

Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said detectives "are still analyzing evidence and following through on the leads we do have."

Graves said investigators have not named any suspects and are looking for more information.

A call came in at 8 a.m. Nov. 13 reporting trouble in the rural area north of Manchester and west of McMinnville, Capt. Frank C. Watkins said.

The caller said a woman was seen "running down Maple Springs Road with blood on her," according to Watkins. She told officers that she and her fiance had been assaulted at their home.

At the home, deputies found that Thomas A. Colucci had been shot several times, Watkins said. He later was pronounced dead. Connie King had minor injuries, apparently from being struck or punched.

Colucci, 41, was originally from Erial, N.J., where his funeral will be held today, according to his obituary on the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home website. He had two sons.

King "hasn't remembered anything else that we know of" since the day of the attack, Graves said last week.

Detectives haven't ruled out anyone as a suspect and could use help from the public, he said.

"We're not focusing on any one person right now," the sheriff said.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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