Sheriff's Department Continues Murder Investigation
COLUMBIA - CrimeStoppers is still offereing a reward of up to $1,000 for information in the murder of 27-year-old Donnell G. Coleman. Coleman was shot to death on April 17, 2011 during a home invasion in the Country House apartment complex north of Columbia.
Boone County Sheriff's Department and Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad have pursued 118 leads and interviewed 60 associates of the victim. More than 100 individual residences have been canvassed by law enforcement officers for clues in this case. Patrol officers have also made 25 traffic stops based on information relating to this crime.
Authorities made nine unrelated arrests because of the contacts, including people with outstanding warrants for Probation and Parole Violations.
Sheriff's deputies responded on April 17th to the victim's residence. They discovered the victim had been shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead a short time later. A 25-year-old woman at the residence at the time told deputies two black males forced open the apartment's front door and shot the victim. The woman and a 4-year-old child also at the residence were not injured. The suspects then fled the scene.
Deangelo T. Grant, 26, of Columbia, was arrested earlier this week in connection to this crime. He was charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Burglary.
Investigators continue to follow up leads but have had difficulty soliciting accurate information from many of the individuals contacted. Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS (7477) or the Boone County Sheriff's Department (573) 875-1111. All calls are held in strict confidence and cash rewards can be presented anonymously.