MURDER SUSPECT’S GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED ON OBSTRUCTION CHARGE
WHITE CO.—The girlfriend of the man accused of murdering two young people has been charged in connection with the crime.
Candice Brown, 30, who resided with Danny K. Coston, 36, in the Centerville area of White County, has been charged with Obstruction of Justice for allegedly lying to investigators during the questioning that took place on Friday, August 30, when Coston was allegedly giving his confession to police about the murders of Jacob Wheeler, 22, and Jessica Evans, 17, in Centerville on August 25.
The most confusing testimony given during last week’s preliminary hearing held for Coston centered around Brown’s information given to the investigators. The testimony, given during the hearing by Sheriff Doug Maier, was vague when it came to what Brown told them. We did the best we could with it in the print version article, but it still remained confusing.
Now, we know why.
What Maier wasn’t able to say during the prelim was what exactly Brown said to investigators that night; he kind of paraphrased it, but it was still vague.
What Brown told them was that Coston had come home from the American Legion that night at about midnight, then went to bed. At about 5 or 6 a.m., “they both got up and hooked up the fishing boat and went down to the river.”
There, she said to authorities, she saw Coston “talking to a person in a black truck” and also “heard him talking to some other people at the river,” but not the deceased kids.
Authorities told Disclosure her story was so different from his that she may very well have been what honed the investigators in on Coston and prompted him to finally give details that matched the evidence, such as blood in certain locations on Coston’s truck as well as Wheeler’s.
When we notified Michele Wheeler, Jacob’s widow, of this tonight, she advised of a strange little story that occurred about two years ago, and which proves that Coston was lying when he said he “didn’t know either of those kids.”
Michele said that two years ago, when Jake was home on R&R (he was in the Army and server three and a half years, one of those in Iraq), there had been a storm blow through.
At that time, Michele, Jacob and her two boys were staying at Wheeler’s parents’ house in the Centerville area while Jake was on R&R. They decided to go into Carmi, and traveled down their road (2210 North).
However, there’d been a storm blow through the night before, and the Costons, who were just moving into their residence on the same road, had had a trampoline outdoors for Danny’s two kids to play on while their dad and his girlfriend were busy setting up things in the house.
The windstorm had blown the trampoline into the road and kind of mangled it. It was blocking their way, so Jacob had to get out and move it out of the way, assisting the Costons in this manner. Just an odd little story, but it might mean something in the bigger scheme.
This morning, a warrant for Brown’s arrest was issued, and she was served with it at her employer, a nursing home in Mt. Carmel. We’ve been told both that she was booked at the Wabash County jail, posted $2,000 cash bond, and was released; and also told that she’s currently being held in Richland County. It will probably be morning before we can sort out where she is and get her mug, as we are in delivery right now.
Interestingly, we’ve been told that Brown is pregnant. We’re wondering if she was one of the two women holding up “Not Guilty” manila folders at Coston’s first appearance…and we’re also wondering just what all she knew, how long she knew it…and whether she saw the blood in the back of Coston’s truck that whole week the two kids were missing.
There’s another hearing Wednesday morning, and we’ll be there. We’ll let you know what we know when we know it. Keep checking back, and get yourself an online membership for the easiest way to read the Coston story in the current print version, going on stands NOW.,
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