Cowan, Tenn., cornfield killing suspect arrested in Florida

Cowan, Tenn., cornfield killing suspect arrested in Florida

April 17th, 2013 by Ben Benton in Local Regional News

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

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

John Corey Lanier, left, and Todd Dalton

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

One of two men at-large in the March 24 slaying of a Cowan, Tenn., resident was arrested Tuesday in Florida by a U.S. Marshal's Office task force.

Franklin County, Tenn., authorities said Coffee County resident Coty Keith Holmes, 25, of Hillsboro, was arrested in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and taken to the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office, Franklin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Chris Guess said.

Holmes, charged on Franklin County grand jury indictments with first-degree murder and criminal homicide in the death of 26-year-old Corey N. Matthews, is scheduled to appear before a Superior Court judge to determine extradition to Tennessee, Guess said.

Two other men, Todd Eugene Dalton, 39, and 26-year-old John Corey Lanier, both of Manchester, were taken into custody last week on the same charges.

Corey Matthews

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Meanwhile, authorities still are searching for David Gordon Jenkins, 46, of Manchester, the last of the four suspects in the homicide.

Matthews' body was found in a cornfield across from the Jackson Cemetery on Slag Town Road on March 24 after his family reported him missing. He was found lying on his back in clothes wet from a recent rainstorm with blunt trauma to his head and face, TBI and Franklin County officials said.

Jenkins is a white man with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighs about 185 pounds and has tattoos on his arms, left shoulder, chest, back and thighs, as well as many scars. He has a criminal history dating back to 1985 that includes assault, drug trafficking, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, robbery, escape, writing bad checks, DUI and traffic violations, authorities said.

Anyone with information on Jenkins' whereabouts may call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 931-962-0123 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.