By Brian A. Wilkins
January 2, 2019 (updated 1:29 p.m. Pacific.)
- Attorney for Mark Luttrell speaks to OP-NAT EYE
- alleged assault case/warrant was shaky at best
- Residents continue telling us stories of police brutality and malfeasance
- Analysis of Corey Matthews case
- Coverup at Walmart?
Several residents of the Tullahoma-Manchester micropolitan area have complained that our original article on the December 28 murder of Mr. Mark Luttrell, Jr. by Tullahoma Police at Walmart insulted all southerners because the first paragraph reads:
Americans of the white variety, particularly in Confederate states like Tennessee, are some of the most confused and strange people in the world. The Second Amendment and the right to protect yourself from government enforcers and anyone else is sacrosanct (as it should be) with said crowd; that is until it involves their gods in cop costumes.
RELATED: Tullahoma (TN) Police use the “he had a gun” cliché to murder Mark Luttrell, Jr. (December 29, 2018)
No need to repeat what the Bible says about truth. This case is like “Return of the Jedi,” a movie we’ve seen 1,000 times and can recite line-by-line from memory. The end of our original article, without any insider information at the time, reads, “But again, there may be no warrant at all; just some Walmart employee and a local cop working together to kill a man.” Now that “assumption” seems to be coming to fruition.
We didn’t specifically know how the Confederate white supremacist angle would play out in this story that took place in a sundown town like Tullahoma, that one website ranked the 9th-most racist town in Tennessee. But we obviously knew it was coming. It’s nasty. It’s very disturbing. And the details are coming out.
No matter how you slice it, and placing personal opinions and beliefs aside, Mr. Mark Luttrell Jr. is the victim of police state murder in an area infested with white supremacists and authorities that apparently had been stalking Luttrell since he was a teenager.
The OP-NAT EYE has received at least 30 emails from residents of Coffee County and Franklin County, Tennessee in the last 72 hours (note: Tullahoma is in both counties). Many of said emails are hard-to-read junk messages from white supremacists defending KKKops, smearing Mr. Luttrell, and calling us different variations of nigger.
One man, whose name we won’t publish for his own safety, and whose story mostly checks out, admitted to being part of “the Aryan Nation” and provided us a good road map as to Tullahoma politics and white supremacist culture in that area. We also received emails from residents who say they were inside the Walmart when Mr. Luttrell was murdered. At least 10 emails are from people telling us horrific stories about being dragged through a malicious justice system and brutally attacked by cops in that area. These stories are all very sad, with a tone of complete helplessness. They essentially emailed us because they just wanted somebody to listen.
All that said, we’re going to piece this together for folks not from that area and provide more details about the whole situation.
Mark Luttrell Prison Stint
First, Tennessee is one of the most antiquated states in the USA when it comes to online court and prison records. You must pay $30 to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for them to “prepare” a report on current and former prisoners, whereas most other states allow you to simply type in a search query to get such information. The only information readily-available on the TBI/Department of Corrections site is about sex and meth offenders (for the record, Luttrell did not show up in meth and sex offender searches).
We won’t be contributing to a KKK organization like TBI to receive likely-doctored information on Mr. Luttrell. The Coffee County website is pretty useless too and isn’t even a .gov domain. Franklin County Courts charge $350 for online access to records. General web searches on Mr. Luttrell are also difficult because of another guy from Tennessee named Mark Luttrell who is the mayor of Shelby County (I thought mayors led cities, not counties). There is also a prison called Mark Luttrell Correctional Center in Memphis, making general web searches even more convoluted.
What we’ve learned through the flood of emails from Coffee and Franklin County residents, and people who knew Mr. Luttrell, is that he got into a lot of shenanigans as a teenager. He and several friends, according to two sources, were playing a game of what amounts to “mailbox baseball” like they were playing in the movie “Stand By Me” when Luttrell was 17.
It sounds like Luttrell got the black treatment from prosecutors and the judge based on accounts we’ve read. We cannot 100% confirm any related charges but he was sentenced to somewhere in the range of 4-8 years in prison for the aforementioned crime based on different accounts from residents.
Most rational, educated Americans know that the USA is a for-profit prison state where more than 55% of prisoners are incarcerated for non-violent, victimless “crimes.” U.S. private, for-profit prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America (don’t really care what they changed their name to) and GEO Group also have no interest in rehabilitating people. The idea is to destroy the minds and wills of prisoners so they come back to prison and corporate America can continue profiting from the slave labor.
Luttrell, like all other men in prison for long stints, had to join some kind of gang for sheer survival. He joined the Aryan Nation, which is routine for white men in prisons across America whether they are racist at heart or not. Its the same thing as black men being forced to join Bloods and Crips prison gangs for protection. Mr. Luttrell’s mother passed away while he was in prison and we’re told he was not allowed to attend her funeral. Its safe to surmise that missing his mother’s funeral further exacerbated the already bitter pill festering in his psyche. By the time Luttrell left prison, he had several white supremacist tattoos and had been indoctrinated in that culture.
Corey Matthews Murder
Luttrell got out of prison in 2011. But of course like all ex-convicts, the prison stigma followed him. Job prospects were bleak and the general public viewed him as damaged goods. Luttrell was luckier than most ex-prisoners and found love. He got married to his wife Brittany within eight months of his release. They had their first daughter sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. The other part of prison that followed Luttrell was the fact he had joined the Aryan Nation and in their eyes, he was still one of their henchmen. By all accounts, Luttrell was happy being a dad and husband, and wanted to leave the Aryan gang. Unfortunately that’s not how gangs work and that fact would soon play itself out in heinous fashion.
This brings us to Corey Matthews, an Aryan white supremacist from nearby Cowan, Tenn. It was March 23, 2013 when Matthews and three Aryan thugs met at his house, according to court documents the OP-NAT EYE obtained from a journalist who covered the story. Two of the Nazis – Todd Dalton and Keith Holmes – had been drinking moonshine all day while discussing kicking Matthews out of the gang because he was a suspected snitch. Gordon David Jenkins appeared to be the ringleader, as he had some kind of black book with the names and rank of all Aryan members in the area. He was the fourth person in the house, and had a ball-peen hammer in his possession.
The four of them got into Dalton’s truck and picked up a fifth party, John Lanier, and drove to a cemetery. The story from here just shows the feral nature of these types of people who are on police forces not only in Tennessee, but all across the USA.
All of them got out of the truck and pretended like it was just a normal moonshine and beer drinking night. But Matthews was soon shoved to the ground and the others started punching and kicking him. Lanier took a knife and cut into the Nazi/Aryan tattoos on Matthew’s chest. Jenkins began striking Matthews’ head with the hammer. The three other gang members were apparently in shock and were yelling for Jenkins to stop. But he persisted and essentially crushed Matthews’ skull and brain with at least 12 blows from the hammer. Jenkins, according to the documents, told the others they had earned higher rank in the gang for participating in the kill.
Murder warrants were issued for all four of the killers two weeks later. Jenkins took his case before a Franklin County jury. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in March of 2015, and sentenced to life in prison (NOTE: WKRN Channel 2 removed their story about Jenkins [https://www.wkrn.com/news/man-found-guilty-of-murder-in-franklin-county-beating-death/1089413105] and its somehow not even in archives anymore. But here is another story about Jenkins and his sentence via Times Free Press and Outline.com). Dalton pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Franklin County Circuit Court in March of 2016. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Holmes and Lanier also pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Each were sentenced to three years in prison followed by 12 years of probation.
Small town rumors and alleged crimes
Outsiders and casual observers may ask, for good reason, why did we just chronicle all that when Mark Luttrell, Jr. had nothing to do with it? We read over 30 articles from various media and bloggers related to this murder, and the 40-plus pages of court documents we obtained related to the four killers. None of them mentions Luttrell’s name.
According to one of our sources, Tullahoma and Franklin County Police with ties to the Aryan gang, tried to pin the murder on Luttrell for whatever reason. Perhaps it was because he needed to earn his Nazi stripes on the outside of prison by taking the fall. The mere accusation spread like a virus around the area, causing an additional stigma that Luttrell had to deal with, in addition to his ex-convict status. There was also the guilt-by-association factor because Luttrell had a bunch of Nazi tattoos on his body. The anxiety and stress from all this took its toll on Luttrell’s family and he separated from his wife.
Luttrell briefly got involved with another woman, which proved to be a bad situation. We’ve heard a few different versions of this story. But the crux of it is that this woman had children and was not married or was separated from the father. The children’s father did not like her being with Luttrell because of all the aforementioned. The story goes, again as we pieced together various accounts and found consistencies, that the father reported to police that Luttrell pistol-whipped the woman on some occasion. Things get fuzzy from there.
Attorney Robert Carter
A bunch of dumb Nazis from the same IP address (guess they think a website ran by ethical hackers, journalists, and SEO people can’t see this) keep trying to flood our message boards with unverified claims that an aggravated assault warrant was out on Luttrell. Others have posted messages saying Luttrell was wanted for murder. The truth is that the female victim in this newly-alleged aggravated assault crime either refused to provide a statement about this assault or failed to show up when subpoenaed. Essentially the father of her kids reported the “crime” because he didn’t like her seeing Luttrell.
Luttrell failed to show up to court when a warrant was allegedly issued. Normally when both assailant and victim are not willing to prosecute a case, it’s dropped. But that didn’t happen here. Tullahoma Police and the Sheriff’s Offices continued to pursue Luttrell on these allegations. He was eventually apprehended when a Tullahoma cop struck Luttrell with a patrol car while he was riding a motorcycle. Luttrell was taken to jail, severely injured from the wreck caused by Tullahoma cops.
He got out of jail, which seems counter to the alleged seriousness of the charges. Luttrell was a convicted felon at the time, facing alleged aggravated assault charges, and had skipped a court date. So why was he released at all? Luttrell was represented by Tullahoma attorney Robert Carter.
“I’m comfortable that there was a warrant out, but I’ve never seen it,” Carter said. “Police in Tullahoma and Franklin County alleged that [Luttrell] ran from them at a high-rate of speed on a motorcycle. The case was set for a jury trial in Franklin County Circuit Court on October 22.”
Luttrell did not show up for the trial and the Franklin County district attorney issued a bench warrant. He may have had an accompanying case in Coffee County but Carter said he did not have further details. Mr. Carter also spoke about the alleged aggravated assault case in Franklin County with the female victim.
“I got some indication that the case was going to be dismissed because the victim was not going to testify,” Carter said. “The only case [Luttrell] was really in hazard of was the evading arrest cases. These are felonies, but low-grade felonies. He was definitely looking at some penitentiary time if he was found guilty. But I’ve won cases like this [for my clients] in the past.”
Carter said Luttrell did not afford himself the opportunity to be exonerated by skipping court. The attorney also said Luttrell likely just got his court dates mixed up because he had so much going on. He had traffic cases and a simple possession of marijuana case happening at the same time, all of which were minor. But Carter made clear that Luttrell was wanted for evading police and missing court, not for aggravated assault or murder.
“The court date he missed that led to the warrant was for evading arrest,” Carter said. “I was not near as concerned about the alleged domestic violence case than I was the evading case.” We also spoke briefly about the Corey Matthews murder.
“I’ve never seen a piece of hard evidence that tied him to the [Matthews] case,” Carter said.
The December 28 Death of Mark Luttrell
The police fired at least six bullets in the Walmart store that residents say is a common hangout of teenagers; like kids used to hang out at malls in the 1980s. They could have easily killed a child or someone else in their reckless, rabid rages in killing Luttrell. The reckless nature of Tullahoma Police and their subsequent arrogance is quite telling and only strengthens arguments of malicious intent. The department has 35 total officers, with three of them joining the force just three years ago. At least five of the officers on the force have direct or indirect ties to Aryan gangs, according to local residents.
Witnesses at the scene of the murder said Mr. Luttrell was hit by at least three of the six bullets. One bullet took out the glass on one of the Walmart refrigerated areas. We’re told the glass has yet to be replaced as of publishing; almost as if to continually remind people of what happened. No ambulance was called after the shooting, according to witnesses. “They let him lay there and bleed out to make sure he left that store a dead man,” one witness said. “Well they once again got the job done.”
Witnesses also said that a black cop shot and killed Luttrell. But residents close to the situation say that police are going to say a rookie white cop killed him. One local news agency published an article this morning saying that it was a rookie cop. This again corroborates the position that this kill was done for one of the Aryan cops to earn his stripes; thus a black cop cannot be given “credit” for it.
There’s also the frustration factor. Luttrell had evaded these cops for months, sometimes even getting away from them in high-speed vehicle chases and foot chases. He outsmarted and out-maneuvered cops repeatedly, which damaged their egos. They finally had him in their sights and killed him out of frustration.
“I can see where you might come to that conclusion, but I couldn’t point to a piece of hard intelligence that says that,” Luttrell’s attorney Carter said. Some of Luttrell’s family members said Tullahoma Police have smirked and even laughed at them as they entered the Walmart since the murder.
Finally, there is the story of Jacob Wilson. At least 20 residents have confirmed that he is the person at Walmart who called police. We’re told that Wilson is addicted to methamphetamine and was paid by police to inform them immediately if Luttrell ever entered the store. There are also reports that police now have Wilson in a de-facto witness protection program. He is allegedly being housed at a motel near the Walmart with round-the-clock police protection.
Micropolitan authorities are still protecting the name of the cop who pulled the trigger. What is known for certain, and contrary to what many people are saying, is that Luttrell was not wanted for murder or aggravated assault. He was allegedly wanted for skipping court. But Luttrell’s attorney has never seen an actual warrant. He just said he’s “confident” that such a warrant existed.
Mark Luttrell was no angel. He was forced to join a white supremacist gang in prison and that stigma followed him on the outside. But the initial crimes of Luttrell that started the downward spiral are rinky-dink at best and his whole life was turned upside down by years of imprisonment. Bottom line is that police thugs in Tullahoma murdered this man and now are trying to put on a good face for their copsucking fans. Said fans are also doing a great job slandering Luttrell to help make a good case for the murderous pigs.
Luttrell is unlikely to have been friends with any of us here at the OP-NAT EYE. But he’s still an American who was maliciously murdered by cops. That’s all we care about.