First-degree murder charge filed in 2015 shooting

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Charles Coats

Charles Coats

A man accused of shooting and killing another man in broad daylight last year in St. Joseph is facing new charges in Buchanan County.

Charles Leroy Coats Jr, 33 of St. Joseph was charged last year with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Jason Ginn, 32 of St. Joseph.  Online court documents show Thursday felony charges for first-degree murder and armed criminal action were filed against Coats stemming from an incident that took place Aug. 1, 2015.

As we previously reported, according to court documents on Aug. 1 of 2015  witnesses said they saw Coats on the front porch of his residence get into a verbal argument with Ginn and as Ginn started walking away witnesses said Coats pulled a handgun and began firing.  An autopsy found Ginn suffered four gunshot wounds to various parts of his body and died from a fatal gunshot wound to his head.

Police said Coats fled the area after the shooting.  He surrendered to law enforcement in Columbia, Mo. five days later.

Coats is slated for a Jury trial for September on the charge of second-degree murder.  He’s currently being held without bail.

We are awaiting to hear back from the prosecutor’s office regarding the new charges.