A man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Jason Ginn.
Charles Leroy Coats Jr., 32 of St. Joseph has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting. The Buchanan County Prosecutor’s office said as of 5 p.m. Tuesday Coats was still not in custody. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to request bond be denied in the case.
According to court documents, witnesses saw Coats on the front porch of his residence at 308 S. 15th Saturday get into a verbal argument with Ginn.
“Ginn started walking away south on the sidewalk of S. 15th and Coats pulled a handgun and began firing at Ginn,” Detective Richard Shelton said witnesses reported in his sworn statement. “According to an autopsy report Ginn suffered four gunshot wounds to various parts of his body and died from a fatal gunshot wound to his head.”
Coats allegedly ran from the scene with the firearm and is still at large.
“He has family members outside of Buchanan County that he can flee to,” Shelton said. “Coats has a violent history with felony convictions of Assault 2nd Degree and felony resisting arrest.”