published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Two arrests made in Franklin County cornfield killing; more suspects sought

Suspects at large: Coty Keith Holmes and David Gordon Jenkins.
Suspects at large: Coty Keith Holmes and David Gordon Jenkins.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Authorities in Franklin County, Tenn., say two arrests have been made in the March 24 slaying of 26-year-old Cowan, Tenn., resident Corey N. Matthews, and two more suspects are at large.

Franklin County authorities said John Corey Lanier, 26, of 4241 Murfreesboro Highway, and Todd E. Dalton, 39, of 6884 Murfreesboro Highway, both in Manchester, were taken into custody on charges of first-degree murder and criminal homicide.

Still at-large are David Gordon Jenkins, 46, of 3554 Ashbury Road in Manchester, and Coty Keith Holmes, 25, of 197 Rhoads Lane in Hillsboro, Tenn., authorities said.

Prosecutors and investigators say Matthews was specifically targeted by the men and his death was “related to his affiliation with a white supremacist organization.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jenkins and Holmes is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-962-0123 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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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