Suspect in brutal Florida murder may be in Arkansas

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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (WMC-TV) - Police are searching for one of two brothers suspected of committing a brutal murder in Florida, and believe the wanted man may be in the Mid-South.

It began on July 24th, when police in Sarasota, Florida discovered the dismembered, burning body of Roy Barnes near the airport.

Barns had been shot to death, and investigators were able to quickly develop two suspects.

"They were both living in the Sarasota area," Manatee County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Dave Bristow said. "But they have ties to Arkansas."

The ties are in Blytheville, where the two suspects, 19-year-old Corderia Davis and 18-year-old Jemar "Mu Mu" Davis, grew up.

Their sister lives in the Sarasota area.

According to the boys' aunt, Wanda Henry, Jemar showed up at her house asking if he could spend the night.  Henry, who had not seen him in a year, said yes.

"I didn't know what was going on," she said. "All I know is what I was hearing off the streets.  What, that he had killed someone in Florida."

Blytheville police moved in Monday night, after they were contacted by authorities in Sarasota.  While Jemar was arrested without incident, no one can find Corderia.

Meanwhile, police in Sarasota do not have a clear motive for the murder, and Henry remains stunned by what happened.

"It's very shocking," she said. "I couldn't believe he did something like that. I've known him since he was a little boy."

Authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service, are searching for Corderia Davis.  He is considered armed and dangerous, and may be in the Blytheville area.

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