Fiancee of Jo Dee Messina’s Stage Manager Charged With His Murder
A 37-year-old Florida woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for arranging the shooting that killed her fiance, 41-year-old Thomas Colucci, last November in Tennessee. Colucci was Jo Dee Messina's stage manager.
According to Nashville's WTVF, Connie Sanders King was arrested Tuesday (July 2) in Daytona Beach, Fla., where she had been working at a motorcycle shop since March. It is not clear when she moved to Florida. Authorities arrested her estranged husband, Troy King, near San Diego in March as he tried to enter Mexico.
Colucci was shot to death at his home in Manchester, Tenn. last November in what investigators initially believed was a home invasion. Connie King also appeared to have been attacked in the incident. Authorities responding to the scene found her wandering the street and covered in blood. She claimed that someone had broken into the house, shot Colucci and assaulted her, then left the scene in Colucci's car. The car was later recovered in the area..
The Tullahoma News reports that investigators gradually grew to believe that Troy King committed the murder, and that Connie Sanders King had planned it. Police have not disclosed what evidence they have against either suspect, or given any motive for Colucci's murder.
Troy King is charged with first degree murder and felonious first degree murder and theft over $1,000. He was returned to Tennessee in March, where he's being held on $1 million bond.
Connie King is currently being held in the Volusia County jail in Florida on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. She's also charged with felony murder and premeditated first-degree murder in Colucci's death. She will be extradited to Tennessee.