EXCERPT FROM TODAY’S TESTIMONY IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE: ONE OF THE STORIES COSTON TOLDPosted by Jack Howser on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 @ 6:19 pm.
WHITE CO.—We’re working up a transcript of White County Sheriff Doug Maier’s testimony today, September 12, 2012, at the preliminary hearing held for Danny K. Coston, 36, which is what we do initially so we can then take the transcript and turn it into an article for presentation. Ang is very good at taking what she calls “shorthand” in the courtroom (it’s not real stenographer shorthand, although it might as well be, as it’s largely illegible and only she can decipher it), but she prefers to use the laptop (140 wpm) due to the MS; however, we’ve not cleared her using it in White County like we have in other counties in the circuit, and likely won’t, as they have the cellphone issue there (stemming from an incident a couple of years back) and sometimes it’s just best to let things go.
Anyway, we’re working up this transcript for the print version, and since I wasn’t in the courtroom today, I got to read this and said “This HAS to go on the site.” So here is just a part of the ‘story’ Danny Coston told Sheriff Doug Maier and ISP agent Bryan Harms during one of their interviews at the White County Sheriff’s Office on August 31 during the investigation into the deaths of Jacob Wheeler, 22, and Jessica Evans, 17, with with Coston is charged:
They then spoke with Candace Brown; she said she came out there Sunday to help get the boat in the water. Maier clarified that she was Coston’s girlfriend; they live together. While he and Harms were talking to Candace, Danny sat in the lobby at the sheriff’s department; he’d called her to come up there, according to Doug.
She gave contradicting information, such as saying Danny did speak with a man fishing on the riverbank. Said she went down at some point and he was parked in front of a small black pickup. And then she said that there was a two-hour period of time that she couldn’t account for his whereabouts at all. She said he’d left, she was worried, and went down to check on him.
He came back in at that point to do another interview. ISP’s Danny Glover was processing his truck while they were talking to Coston. Glover at that point notified the sheriff that he “felt he’d found human blood in the bed of Coston’s pickup truck.”
On the second time in speaking with Coston, which was also video/audiotaped and wherein he’d waived the Miranda Rights, they confronted him with discrepancies.
Coston said he didn’t recall a lot of what happened that weekend. He said he was so intoxicated that he might’ve been mistaken in some of the things he’d already told them, but he just didn’t recall. They confronted him with the blood discovery; he had no explanation.
Then Harms stepped out, and Coston was alone with the sheriff.
At that point he stated he was not being truthful, Maier testified, saying that the manner in which Coston was unfolding this to him was “slow, and pieced together.”
He’d gone to the New Haven Legion, had been drinking. Then he went to the riverbank—crime scene 2; drove in there. There he said he met a man and a woman at a campfire, and the young woman was coming on to him and the man didn’t like it. Those two left in the Dodge, and drove to another area a short distance away; the truck, he said, appeared to be “stuck up.”
Coston then said that he and the young lady went to crime scene 1 and had sex on the tailgate of his truck. He said it was consensual. After that, the young man walked up to the area and the young man and young lady got into a heated argument over Danny. Coston said the young man struck the young lady in the head with a gun; then he heard two shots and the lady went down.
Coston said he froze; he didn’t know what to do.
He saw an opportunity, Coston told Maier, so he “rassled” with the young man, took the gun away from him, fired a shot and the young man went to the ground.
Coston at first said he loaded both of them in the bed of the Dodge, then said he loaded the young lady in the bed of the Dodge. He then said he went to his truck, and put the young man in the bed of Coston’s pickup, went across I-64 north and gave a specific indication of where he put the body.
He advised that he had the young man’s weapon and “threw it out.”
This second interview took place between 5:59 to 7 p.m. that Friday, August 31.
Folks, this is the kind of thing elicited in testimony today; there’s just so much more. I wish I could bring it all to you. There’s testimony of evidence, and discrepancies, and lots of questions answered…except for the question of why. There wasn’t even an allusion to it today. Scott Webb didn’t ask it, and Maier didn’t offer it. We still just don’t know.
But we thought we’d bring you a little excerpt, in raw form straight from Ang’s notes, so you could have a little preview of what’s coming up in the print version as well as e-edition. We have a LOT of work to do to get these, as well as Disclosure Heartland, done by this weekend. We apologize that we can’t bring you more; it’s not economics, it’s just strictly time management at this point. We hope you understand. But we want to bring you the best information available on this very serious matter. So bear with us. We’ll get it to you.
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