|Published: 9:33 AM, 04/02/2013
||Last updated: 9:33 AM, 04/02/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-A Sweetwater area woman
accused of killing her husband had her case sent a grand jury
Wednesday, but the charge against her had been lessened.
Karen Coffman, 56, Thompson Farm Road,
was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death of her
husband, but after hearing testimony and weighing the evidence,
General Sessions Judge Reed Dixon dropped the charge to intent to
commit first-degree murder.
John Wayne Coffman died on Dec. 3 last
year, a death that initially attributed to an accidental drug
overdose. Coffman was reported to have been suffering from cancer and
COPD and was on various medications.
Coffman was already buried for a month
without either an autopsy or a toxic screening before a witness told
law enforcement his wife might have killed him. This led to Dixon's
decision to reduce the charge.
See full story in the Sunday, March 31, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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