Third person named in Greene County double murder

Third person named in Greene County double murder

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Chris Allen Jones and Tabitha Whitlock (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Chris Allen Jones and Tabitha Whitlock (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Allen Jones (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Allen Jones (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
One of Jones' tattoos (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) One of Jones' tattoos (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)

COSBY (WATE) - A third person was taken into custody in a double murder case Friday night hours after a couple considered persons of interest in the case was taken into custody.

James Douglas Black, 49, of Hartford, has been named as the third suspect in the double murder.

Investigators are also questioning Christopher Allen Jones, 31, and his girlfriend, Tabitha Whitlock, 32. They were taken into custody near Highway 321/East Parkway between Cosby and Gatlinburg.

The three may be connected to the murders of Terrence Stewart, 21, and Cortney Thompson, 20, whose bodies were found Sunday morning under the river bridge on U.S. Highway 321 in Greene County. The victims had been shot.

Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes says the couples were acquainted and the case involves selling narcotics.

Whitlock grew up in Mosheim, and Jones has lived around the Newport area. He has a criminal history dating back to 1998 that includes theft of property, aggravated burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. There was an existing warrant out for Jones' arrest on an unrelated violation. Investigators say Whitlock has two aliases, "Burgos" and "Todd."

One of the victim's 2000 Honda Accord was also recovered Friday night.

The investigation is still ongoing and criminal charges are forthcoming for each of the individuals responsible for these crimes.

6 News Reporter Samantha Saracino contributed to this report.

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