Cadiz, KY. (December 3rd, 2020) – Detectives with Kentucky State Police, Post 1 have made an arrest regarding the homicide and arson investigation that occurred on September 16, 2020 at a residence on Will Jackson Road in Trigg County. Thursday, Detectives arrested Jonathan R. McCoy, 42 of Cadiz, Kentucky for the brutal murder of Thelma N. Barnett, commonly known as Mrs. Ilene, and the arson of her residence. McCoy was charged with Kidnapping (Victim Death) (Class A Felony), Murder (Class A Felony), Arson 2nd Degree (Class B Felony), Tampering with Physical Evidence (Class D Felony) and Abuse of Corpse (Class D Felony). He was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Detectives are also searching for Keisha D. Stewart, 29 of Cadiz, Kentucky. Stewart is wanted for questioning in this investigation and may be in the Cadiz or Hopkinsville area. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stewart is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.
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