COWAN, Tenn. (AP) -- A 26-year-old volunteer firefighter trying to distance himself from a white-supremacist group was found beaten to death last month in a cornfield in foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, and three fellow group members are due in court on murder charges.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller has said Corey Matthews was targeted by other members of the Aryan Nations over a dispute and that Matthews "stepped outside of the bounds of their beliefs." Police haven't elaborated on what caused the dispute, nor have family members explained why they think he was trying to leave the group.
Three members of the Aryan Nations are have an arraignment on Wednesday, while a fourth suspect affiliated with another white supremacist gang is on the run.
Investigators found Matthews' badly beaten body on March 24.
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