Sunday, August 25, 2002

Miss. murder suspects caught near here

Men wreck stolen car in Ky.

The Associated Press

        DRY RIDGE, Ky. - Two men face murder charges in Mississippi after Kentucky State Police stopped them on Interstate 75 driving the victim's car.

        Jonathon Davis, 18, of Green Cold Springs, Fla., and Eric M. Thomas, 20, of Meridian, Miss., were served with fugitive from justice warrants Saturday morning. Th e warrants say they are wanted for murder in Mississippi.

        The men were involved in a single-vehicle accident on I-75 between Crittenden and Dry Ridge on Friday, police said. State police Trooper Chad Mills investigated the accident and noticed the 1993 Ford with Mississippi license plates didn't belong to either of them.

        Mr. Davis and Mr. Thomas told Trooper Mills they stole the car from a home in Mississippi, the statement said.

        Police in Mississippi went to the car owner's home, just outside Meridian, Miss., where they found his body. Police had gone to the owner's home because the car hadn't been reported stolen, state police said.

        “The owner was apparently the victim of a homicide,” the statement said.

        Lt. Lisa Rudzinski, a Kentucky State Police spokeswoman, identified the victim as Stanley N. Lyles. His age was unknown, she said.

        Trooper Mills arrested Mr. Davis and Mr. Thomas on charges of receiving stolen property, and the two were jailed in the Grant County Detention Center.

        Mississippi authorities obtained murder warrants on Mr. Davis and Mr. Thomas while the two were in jail in Grant County.

        The two men are awaiting extradition to Mississippi, state police said.


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