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

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

April 9th, 2013 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

Suspects at large: Coty Keith Holmes and David Gordon Jenkins.

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JOHN CORY LANIER

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Todd Eugene Dalton

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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.