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Suspect in Shelbyville Murder Arrested

A Dowelltown man has been charged as a suspect in a murder last March in Shelbyville.

Colby Ray Watford, 26, was picked up recently by Shelbyville police and DeKalb County deputies at a Dowelltown residence. He is charged with first degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond.

Watford was allegedly involved in the March death of Artenchis Wainwright, 33, who died shortly after being severely beaten by a masked man at his Chestnut Drive home.

Wainwright, 33, died at the scene. Arriving officers found Wainwright bleeding profusely from a head wound.

Wainwright’s girlfriend, who was not injured, told police two masked men wearing black clothing were waiting when she and Wainwright arrived home. They put her in a closet and one man beat Wainwright.

The assailants allegedly stole Wainwright’s vehicle as they left. The vehicle was found burned in Murfreesboro.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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