TBI adds 2 suspects in Cocke Co. murder to 'Most Wanted' list - WKRN News 2

TBI adds 2 suspects in Cocke Co. murder to 'Most Wanted' list

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Keith Jamar Thomas, 25, Keith Jamar Thomas, 25,
Rico Derell Sterling, 24 Rico Derell Sterling, 24

NEWPORT (WATE) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added two people suspected in a 2012 Cocke County murder to the state's Most Wanted List.

Rico Derell Sterling, 24, and Keith Jamar Thomas, 25, both of Knoxville, are wanted by the TBI and the Cocke County Sheriff's Office for one count of felony murder, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery.

Authorities say Sterling and Thomas were involved in a robbery at 335 Leaf Way in Newport on June 1, 2012. A third person, James Michael Brewer, 27, was also present.

The TBI says Brewer went into the home first then came outside. Sterling and Thomas then went in and struggled with two victims inside the home.

William Andrew Mortimer, 27, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. A second man, Mortimer Josh Baker, 24, was shot in the head and flown to UT Medical Center.

Brewer was arrested Thursday and taken to the Cocke County jail. He was also charged with felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery.

Sterling has a last known address of 2214 Virginia Avenue in Knoxville. He is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 162 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Thomas has a last known address of 7326 Beech Leaf Road in Knoxville. He is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 156 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on either of the men's whereabouts is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to these arrests.

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