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Two Arrested, Two Wanted In Beating Death Of Franklin Co. Man

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David Jenkins David Jenkins
Coty Holmes Coty Holmes
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Todd Dalton Todd Dalton

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. – Authorities in Franklin County said they arrested two men and are searching for two others in connection with the beating death of a man in Franklin County.

Officials announced Tuesday that four Coffee County men targeted 26-year-old Corey Matthews due to his affiliation with a white supremacist organization, Aryan Nations.

Investigators said at least one of the suspects is a member of another white supremacist organization, Aryan Brotherhood, and they believe the men had a meeting that ended in Matthews' death.

On Monday, a special-called meeting of the Franklin County grand jury indicted 39-year-old Todd E. Dalton, 25-year-old Coty Keith Holmes, 26-year-old John Cory Lanier, and 46-year-old David Gordon Jenkins on first degree murder and felony muder charges. All four men have a criminal record.

Dalton and Lanier were taken into custody and booked into the Franklin County Jail without bond. An initial court appearance is scheduled for April 25.

Holmes and Jenkins remain at large, and should be considered armed and dangerous. It is possible that Holmes is still in the area, but authorities believe Jenkins left the state.

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said Tuesday that within in a few hours they had a good idea of who was last with Matthews, and that the public helped lead to the identification of the suspects. In all, Fuller said they interviewed between 50 and 100 people while working around the clock since Matthews' body was discovered.

Matthews' body was found off Jackson Cemetery Road near Cowan on March 24. His family had reported him missing earlier in the day, and a deputy searching the area found his body.

An autopsy revealed he was beaten to death, and died after being hit in the head. Last week, authorities said they had several "persons of interest" in the case.

Matthews was a volunteer firefighter for the Keith Springs Fire Department. Matthews left behind a wife and two children.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office along with the Coffee County Sheriff's office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Cowan Police Department were involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information on Holmes or Jenkins' whereabouts is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at (931)962-0123 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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