THE ALLEGED MURDERER OF OUR FRIEND AND CREWBROTHER TOMMY COLUCCI HAS BEEN EXTRADITED BACK TO TN FOR TOMMYS MURDER-
The man accused of a brutal murder in Coffee County has been brought back to the mid-state after his arrest in California.
NewsChannel 5 got exclusive video of Troy King in the Coffee County Jail. He agreed to an interview, but later refused.
King was extradited to Tennessee after he was arrested near San Diego in March. He's accused of shooting Thomas Colucci to death in his Manchester home back in November in what initially appeared to be a home invasion. Colucci was reportedly engaged to King's estranged wife Connie, who was also attacked in the incident.
"As of right now, we don't want to say what his motive is, but as of right now he's been charged with first degree murder and felonious 1st degree murder and theft over a thousand dollars," said Coffee County Sheriff's Captain Frank Watkins.
King is in jail on a $1 million bond. He will be back in court Wednesday.
We still miss our good friend Tommy Colucci who was murdered in his home in Nashville just 6 months ago. He leaves behind 2 young boys who miss their dad..If you would like to donate for tommys boys, any amount is gratefully accepted and goes towards their College Fund.
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Our friend, Tommy Colucci was senselessly murdered in his home on November 13, 2012. He leaves behind 2 young sons, Thomas and Jackson. It is our hope to be able to raise enough money to help towards a College Fund for them, something Tommy would have wanted. Any size donation is much appreciated. Thank you for your help and especially for being Tommys friend.He loved and respected all with whom he worked. He absolutely loved what he did. He was a wonderful Man, Father and Friend.
UPDATE-3/11/13 AN ARREST IN THE MURDER OF TOMMY COLUCCI HAS BEEN MADE!!
An arrest has been made in the November slaying of a Manchester man.
Troy Lynn King, 41, was recently arrested and charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and theft over $1,000 in the murder of Thomas Colucci, 41.
Thomas Colucci was killed inside his Maple Springs Rd. home in Nov. Troy Lynn King, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case.
Colucci was found shot dead in his Maple Springs Road residence on the morning of Nov. 13, 2012, after his girlfriend Connie King ran to the roadway asking for the help of passers-by.
At the time she stated that someone broke into the residence and shot Colucci and beat her up. They then left in the dead man’s vehicle, which was later found in Manchester near United Regional Medical Center.
According to Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Frank Watkins, investigators developed information that pointed to King as the person allegedly committing the slaying.
“Investigators from the sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service from Chattanooga and San Diego, Calif., developed leads that he had moved to the San Diego area,” Watkins said during a press conference Monday afternoon at the Coffee County Jail. “He was arrested March 6 in Imperial Beach, Calif., without incident.”
Watkins stated that King is currently fighting extradition back to Coffee County. Asked how long the process would take to return him to face charges, Watkins said 30 to 90 days.
Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne explained the extradition process. “We will draw up documents requesting Governor Bill Haslam to make the request to California,” Layne said. “The governor will then refer it to his legal counsel. Then the governor will sign it and send it to California Governor Jerry Brown.”
Layne said once Brown reviews it and his counsel determines all paperwork is in order, then King will be ordered returned to Tennessee and Manchester.
According to Watkins, King was arrested in the 1990s on first-degree murder charges in Grundy County, but that charge was reduced to second-degree murder.
Colucci was engaged to Connie King, Troy King’s estranged wife, according to investigators.
The investigation into the killing is continuing and an additional arrest is expected.
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