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Kosciusko cold-case murder apparently solved

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Nearly four years after the murder of a Kosciusko car dealer, an arrest has been made. 

Theotus Barnett was arrested Feb. 4 in Memphis and charged with the murder of Daniel Tavares III.

Barnett is being held in the Shelby County Detention Center in Tennessee awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

In May of 2007, Tavares was robbed then beaten to death and suffocated in the middle of the afternoon at his used-car dealership.

According to investigators, the arrest stemmed from evidence collected at the crime scene.

The family of the Kosciusko businessman was initially critical of the police department for not sending evidence to the state crime lab.

A cousin of the victim expressed relief Monday that authorities had at last made an arrest.

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