|Published: 9:46 AM, 06/03/2013
||Last updated: 9:47 AM, 06/03/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-A Sweetwater area woman
who failed to appear for her arraignment date on a murder charge last
week turned up Friday.
Karen Coffman, 56, Thompson Farm Road,
was indicted by a Monroe County Grand Jury in its May session for
allegedly killing her husband last December, but when it came time
for her to be arraigned, she was not in the courtroom.
It's rare but not unheard of for
someone to miss their arraignment date. Monroe County Circuit Court
Clerk Marty Cook said some times a person isn't aware of how the
court system works and may not be aware they need to be there.
Coffman was taken into custody at her
home by Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies Friday afternoon. She has
been charged with failure to appear and will have a bond hearing on
Coffman was charged with first-degree
murder in the death of her husband in January, an act that only came
to light after a witness came forward, law enforcement officials
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.
See full story in the Sunday, June 2, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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