Man Wanted In Tennessee Murder Caught In Florida
COWAN, Tenn. (WHNT) – One of two men wanted in the beating death of a Franklin County, Tennessee man is in custody.
Coty Keith Holmes, of Hillsboro, was arrested in Fort Walton, Florida on Tuesday afternoon. He was one of the Tennessee’s Most Wanted Fugitives. Holmes faces a murder charge for the beating death of 26-year-old Corey Nathanial Matthews.
Matthews was found dead in a corn field across from the Jackson Cemetery in Cowan on March 24 after his family reported him missing.
A second person, David Gordon Jenkins of Manchester, is still on the run. He is wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for murder.
Jenkins is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5’10” and weighs approximately 185 pounds. Jenkins has numerous tattoos on his arms, left shoulder, chest, back and thighs, as well as numerous scars. He has a criminal record dating back to 1985 that includes assault, drug trafficking, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, robbery, escape, writing bad checks, DUI and traffic violations. Investigators say Jenkins is considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information where David Jenkins is, please call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Two other suspects are in custody for Corey Matthews’ murder, 39-year-old Todd E. Dalton and 26-year-old John Cory Lanier. They are due in court April 25.
Investigators believe Matthews was targeted because of his affiliation with the white supremacist group known as the Aryan Nations.
Investigators say at least one of the suspects is a member of another white supremacist organization, Aryan Brotherhood. Investigators believe the men had a meeting that ended in Matthews’ death.
“I’m sure within this organization they felt like he stepped out of the bounds of something, of one of their beliefs,” Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said.
Deputies interviewed nearly 100 people after Matthews’ death, leading them to identify the four suspects.
Holmes is awaiting extradition from Florida.