Police have made an arrest in the death of a Coffee County man and the brutal beating of the victim’s fiance.
U.S. Marshals arrested Troy Lynn King, 41, near San Diego, California for the murder of Thomas Colucci.
Coffee County Sheriff’s deputies were sent a picture of a bearded man in a white t-shirt to identify King moments after he was arrested.
Colucci was found dead inside a Coffee County home back in November with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said King was the estranged husband of Colucci’s fiance, Connie King, who was beaten at the time of the murder. Police believe King had plans to leave the country to avoid prosecution when he traveled near the U.S.- Mexico border.
“We believe that was the reason for his move to the San Diego area,” said Frank Watkins with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
King was fighting extradition back to Tennessee where he will face charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, and theft of more than $1,000.
The extradition process could take up to 90 days.
Back in 1993, according to a story in the Grundy County Herald, King, who was then a resident of Pelham, Tennessee, faced first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Marty DeWayne Parsons. The body of 19-year old Parsons of Hillsboro was discovered in the early morning hours of June 1, 1992, lying beside the Clouse Hill mountain road. Investigators concluded at the time that Parsons died at the isolated site where his body was discovered.
Autopsy results showed that Parsons died as a result of blows to the head and legs. King told witnesses he had participated in the death of Parsons and the Parsons died of injuries he received while the two men struggled over a crow bar. The struggle grew out of a dispute over drugs.
Judge Thomas Greer sentenced King, then 22, to a nine-year prison term after he accepted a plea agreement reducing the charge against King to voluntary manslaughter.
At that time, King also entered a plea of guilty to a felonious possession of marijuana charge outstanding against him in Franklin County. He received a two-year prison sentence on that charge and a $2,000 fine. The sentences were to run concurrently.
King was also charged with attempted first-degree murder in Warren County. That charge grew from an incident in which King and his cousin, Terry Braseel, are alleged to have ambushed Braseel’s supervisor at Carrier Corporation. The charges at that time were still pending.