By Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer
A Hillsboro man who was recently placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list was arrested Tuesday in Florida.
Coty Keith Holmes of Hillsboro was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Division in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
“He will be held there until he goes before a judge for an extradition hearing,” Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said Tuesday.
“Once he waives extradition, we will be going and getting him and bringing back here to face charges.”
Holmes, along with David Gordon Jenkins, 46, of Manchester, John Corey Lanier, 26, of Manchester, and Todd E. Dalton, 39, of Manchester, were indicted by a special session of the Franklin County Grand Jury and charged in the March 24 murder of Corey Matthews.
Cowan police officer Mike Holmes found Matthews’ body in a cornfield adjacent to Jackson Cemetery in Cowan after family members reported him missing. He had been badly beaten.
An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Matthews died of blunt force trauma.
Dalton and Lanier were arrested and are scheduled to appear in Franklin County Circuit Court April 25. Holmes and
Jenkins fled the area.
On April 8 the TBI added the two to the Most Wanted list.
Authorities are still searching for Jenkins and there is a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to his arrest.
Anyone with information of his whereabouts should call 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 931-962- 0123
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