Three Robertson County men have been arrested and charged in an April murder in Carthage.

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and several other law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of three men in connection to a South Carthage murder.

Kenneth Shane McDonald, 46, of White House and Jeffrey Ivan Kolb, 47, of Greenbrier, have been charged with one count of first-degree murder, premeditated.

James Michael Burns, 44, of Greenbrier, has been charged with one count of accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

In a TBI release, dated Tuesday, June 4, the agency said in April, at the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI Agents joined investigators with the South Carthage Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff’s Department and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the murder of Jason Taylor Neusse, 43.

“The victim’s body was discovered in an old warehouse on Hunter Avenue, where he had been living,” the release said. “During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that identified Kenneth McDonald and Jeffery Kolb as individuals responsible for the death of Mr. Neusse and James Burns as an accessory after the fact.”

On May 31, the Smith County Grand Jury returned indictments charging the three Robertson County men.

On Monday, June 3, McDonald and Burns were arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail.

Kolb was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

McDonald and Kolb are currently being held without bond until their initial court appearance.

Bond for Burns was set at $40,000.

No further information was provided on the murder. The investigation continues.

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