Two arrested on murder charges


ANDERSON — Two area residents have been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the disappearance and death of Madisonville resident Jason Currie.

James Daniel “Danny” Green, 44, of Bedias, and Colton Joe Manning, 23, of Madisonville, were arrested Wednesday. Both men are currently being held in the Grimes County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Jason Currie was reported missing June 26.

According to the affidavits for arrest warrant, Currie and another person met with the suspects to purchase methamphetamines.

After a short drive to a undeveloped area in Grimes County, a fight between the victim, Green and Manning ensued, and the two suspects allegedly shot Currie several times, the affidavit states.

The witness escaped in Currie’s vehicle, which he later crashed, and was investigated by Grimes County deputies.

The suspects then allegedly moved Currie’s body to an undisclosed location; the next day, the body was moved and dumped into a creek bed, where it was later found by sheriff’s deputies, the affidavit states.

The remains later were positively identified as those of Jason Currie.

Currie was reported missing on June 26, with social media posts noting that he was last seen near F.M. 1696 and F.M. 39 west of Bedias.

“The family would like to thank everyone for the love, prayers and concern during this tragic time,” Currie’s son Cooper said in a statement. “We are most grateful to the Grimes County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies that have assisted with this. Jason is loved by many and the outpouring of support through this is evidence to that. We are confident that justice will be served to the people involved with this.”