Florida murder suspect arrested in Indiana

Fred Coney III (Courtesy Indiana State Police)
Fred Coney III (Courtesy Indiana State Police)

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

WEST HARRISON, IN (FOX19) - A man wanted for murder in Miami, Florida was arrested during a routine check on a semi truck in southeast Indiana.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, an Indiana State Police trooper was working the West Harrison Weigh Station in Interstate 74 in Dearborn County when a semi crossed the scales. Though the semi was not loaded, the trooper intended to do a routine "paper check" of the vehicle and driver when she noticed in addition to the driver, there was also a male passenger in the cab.

When the driver came in to the scale house, the trooper asked him to return to his truck to retrieve some additional paperwork and inquired whether the passenger was a co-driver or just passenger.  When the driver told her the male was a passenger, in addition to him getting the other paperwork, she asked him to also retrieve the passenger's identification.  A routine check revealed the passenger, Fred Coney III, 24, from Miami, FL was wanted on a warrant from the State of Florida for Pre-Meditated Murder and Attempted Murder.

The trooper contacted the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles and informed dispatch she had a possible murder suspect at the weigh station. Upon receiving confirmation from authorities in Florida that Coney was, in fact, the wanted suspect, he was taken into custody without incident.

Coney was wanted by Miami-Dade authorities for an incident that occurred on March 14, 2008 in which an argument led to a shooting incident. Coney was transported by state police to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center where he is being held pending extradition to Florida.

A thorough search of the semi was conducted but no weapons or other evidence was found.