St. Joseph murder suspect turns himself in to Columbia police

4 years 4 months 4 days ago Thursday, August 06 2015 Aug 6, 2015 Thursday, August 06, 2015 1:09:00 PM CDT August 06, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said Thursday a man wanted for murder in Buchanan County gave himself up Wednesday night in the CPD lobby.

32-year-old Charles Coats was wanted for second degree murder in St. Joseph. Authorities said Coats was sitting on the front porch of his home Saturday when he engaged in a verbal argument with Jason Ginn. A probable cause statement said Ginn started walking away from the house when Coats pulled out a handgun and began firing at him.

Ginn suffered four gunshot wounds to various parts of his body and died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy report.

Authorities said Coats fled the scene with his firearm. 

The Columbia Police Department said Coats turned himself in at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday. He was being held on no bond.

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