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Suspect in brutal death in Ark. jail

SARASOTA — A third person has been arrested Wednesday in connection to the death, dismemberment and burning of a Sarasota man, according to Sarasota police.

Corderia Davis, 19, of Blytheville, Ark. turned himself in to authorities in his hometown after Sarasota police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Davis and his brother, Jemar Davis, 17, who was arrested Tuesday, are accused of shooting 35-year-old Roy Barnes, Jr. at close range with a shot gun, according to reports.

“Since they had his brother and the marshals were there ... I’m sure there was a lot of talk with his family to turn himself in,” said Sarasota Police Capt. William Spitler.

Detectives planned to meet today to discuss how the pair will be transported back, Spitler said. The brothers can volunteer to return with authorities or go through a hearing to be sent back by authorities.

Authorities haven’t released possible motives in Barnes’ death.

Barnes was found at about 5:30 a.m. July 22, burning U.S. 41 near Somerset Avenue, adjacent to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. He was chopped into 10 pieces.

A motorist contacted authorities when he saw what was a garbage fire. He watched a blue Chevy S10 speed away from the scene and was able to get the tag. Detectives later found the truck and blood in the back of the pickup. Authorities arrested the driver of the truck, Lori S. Blaisdell, 50, of Sarasota on Monday and charged her with accessory to murder after the fact. She remained in jail Wednesday on a $250,000 bond.

Blaisdell told police she went to an apartment in the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Way to buy crack and helped the suspects remove trash.

Neighbors told police they heard machinery coming from the apartment the night before Barnes’ body was found. Blaisdell told police.

“She knew most likely there was a body in the garbage bags,” according to arrest reports.