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TBI: Man killed, arrest made in Thursday night incident in Counce

Sonny Cole McVay

A joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a man on a charge of first degree murder, the TBI said Friday afternoon.
According to the TBI, agents began working alongside the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a homicide that occurred late Thursday. Just before 10:30 p.m., Hardin County deputies responded to a report of an assault at a business at 1610 Federal Road in Counce. Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive man in the parking lot.
The victim, identified as Jeffery David Pettigrew, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say Sonny Cole McVay 23, is the person responsible for Pettigrew’s death.
Friday morning, agents obtained a warrant for McVay, charging him with first degree murder. He was arrested and booked into the Hardin County Jail.
(Ed note: A Courier reporter was at McVay’s initial appearance in Hardin County General Sessions Court. Details to follow.)

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