INFORMATION CONTINUES TO UNFOLD ABOUT DOUBLE HOMICIDEPosted by Jack Howser on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 @ 11:04 am.
As of this morning, we have learned that Wheeler (or his body, in the event that he was still alive when he was taken from Centerville) was NOT taken to rural Edwards County (as we posted last night; and we’ll correct the posts as we can get to them). Instead, he was taken to a rural location in Wayne County, north of the interstate. This is the south Pond Creek area, and is closer to Centerville, where the kids were camping (it’s due north, and not by very far) than Edwards is (Edwards is northeast.)
Wheeler’s body is being declared “badly decomposed.” This could mean that it was either exposed to the heat and elements, as it’s been insufferably hot the past several days, or that it was, as we had heard initially, buried in a shallow grave in the river bottoms, which condition might also hasten decomposition. We just don’t know. We’ll try to get that today.
Coston, 36, is being held on $300,000 cash bond, a very high amount but nothing excessive in light of the charges and considering the evidence and circumstances: two counts of First-Degree Murder. Brandon Jenkins had a higher bond on his charge ($350,000), but the evidence wasn’t there to warrant it—in Coston’s, we have a personal vehicle missing a part (a bumper), that part having blood on it, and ultimately, what’s being called a “confession,” coming yesterday afternoon…none of the elements the state had against Jenkins, who ultimately prevailed because the charges against him were false.
The whole situation has stunned the entire county and surrounding. If indeed Coston is the perpetrator, WHY did this happen? These two people were camping and fishing. Jacob’s family had been neighbors of Coston’s for years. Everyone seemed to get along well. There are just too many bizarre aspects of this for people to try to get their heads around.
Jacob Wheeler’s body is now in the hands of Wayne County coroner Jimmy Taylor. We’ll see what is released about his possible cause of death. We’ll also see if the gun missing from the Wheeler residence plays into this at all; that, too, is another unanswered question.
The greatest credit needs to go to White County law enforcement and Sheriff Doug Maier. He would never commit to Wheeler, who was still missing when Evans’ body was found Monday, shot to death and in the back of Wheeler’s pickup, being a “suspect,” but only stated that he was a “person of interest” in Jessica’s death, and continued to state Wheeler could also be a victim, “it could just go either way.” Because he stayed neutral about it, there was a lot of speculation that Wheeler had killed Evans. That speculation may have lead to Coston—IF he is the one who is indeed responsible; let’s bear that in mind—feeling one of two things: that he either “got away with it” because authorities were looking at Wheeler; or his guilt got to him, which resulted in the alleged confession. Either way, if that’s how it played out, it was brilliant on the part of law enforcement. White County is VERY fortunate to have Maier and his deputies, as well as T. Scott Webb as prosecutor, in their corner.
If we get updates, we’ll post them…keep the families in your prayers, as Jessi’s funeral is today.
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