First trial date set in Cowan cornfield slaying

COWAN, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Winchester has set a trial date for a man charged in the killing of a white supremacist group member in Franklin County.

Coty K. Holmes is scheduled to go on trial beginning Feb. 18, 2014, in the beating death of Corey N. Matthews, whose body was found in a cornfield just outside of Cowan.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported prosecutor Mike Taylor said Holmes' date was set after his attorney requested a speedy trial. The court severed Holmes' case from that of his co-defendants.

Holmes was 25 at the time of the killing. The others, also charged with first-degree murder and criminal homicide, are John C. Lanier and Todd E. Dalton.

A manhunt is underway for a fourth suspect, 46-year-old Gordon Jenkins.

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