Finkley Murder Arrests

Three people are in jail this morning in connection with the disappearance and death of a Kinston man.

One of the people arrested has been charged with the murder of 39-year-old Joseph Finkley's death and police say more arrests are possible.

The Coffee County man disappeared on Jan. 2. Since then, rescue and recovery teams searched around the clock hoping to find anything that resembled his whereabouts.

Finkley’s body was finally found Wednesday, floating in a rural pond near some chicken houses where he had last been seen alive.

Two women have been charged in connection with the case. The victim's ex-wife, 36-year-old Janie Finkley Weldon, and her daughter, 18-year-old Janie Fields are accused of tampering with evidence. They were booked into the Coffee County Jail in New Brockton.

Richard Dale Taylor is accused of killing Joseph Finkley. He is charged with murder and is being held at the Walton County Jail in Defuniak Springs, Florida.

Coffee County authorities say if Taylor does not waive extradition, steps will be taken to return him to Alabama for trial.

Coffee County District Attorney Dwight Holley says, “While during the course of the investigation, he became a suspect and due to some physical evidence and statements from witnesses, we decided that there was enough to establish probable cause and we went ahead and issued an arrest warrant for murder."

An autopsy is being performed on the body to determine the exact cause of death. Results should return within the next couple of weeks.


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