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Willie Paul Grant charged in shooting death of Rex Coffey
The Kentucky State Police are continuing the investigation of a shooting Saturday night at church picnic shelter, which took the life of prominent Columbia businessman Rex Coffey. State Police apprehend, charge Willie Paul Grant, 68, with murder after half-day hunt including chase by Deputy Sheriff Tommy Corbin, tip to KSP of Grant's whereabouts on Sunday morning.
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A prominent Columbia businessman, Rex L. Coffey, owner of Rex's Cycle, died this morning Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 9:50pm, of gunshot wounds received on Saturday night, at around 10:00pm, while he was at the Beech Grove Baptist Church picnic shelter with family and friends.
Adair Countian Willie Paul Grant was apprehended after a 12 hour hunt and charged with the murder. Willie Paul Grant has been lodged in the Adair County Jail.
Rex L. Coffey was pronounced dead at 9:50am, Sunday, June 11, 2006, at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
At the time of the shooting, Rex Coffey was sitting beneath the Beech Grove Church Picnic Shelter with friends and family, when Willie Paul Grant, 68, drove up near the shelter and shot Coffey once with a rifle.
Adair County Deputy Sheriff Corbin in area when incident took place
Adair County Deputy Sheriff Tommy Corbin was patrolling in the area and spotted Grant's vehicle shortly after the incident.
Deputy Corbin attempted to stop the vehicle and began a pursuit, which ended on Sand Lick Road, when Grant stopped his vehicle in a creek and fled on foot.
Motorist's tip leads to locating Willie Paul Grant
Following a tip from a motorist, Grant was located Sunday morning, at approximately 10:50am, on Highway 900. Following a short standoff, Grant was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police Officers.
Several Kentucky State Police Troopers arrived on the scene a short time later and began an extensive search.
The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police Detective George Atwood and other officers of Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY.
Story thanks to Sgt. Ken Hill. Courtesy Trooper Dwaine Barnett, Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky State Police Post 15, 1118 Jamestown ST, (at Exit 49, Louie B. Nunn Parkway), Columbia, KY. Thanks also to Johnnie A. Tarter, dispatcher. For more on Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY, Click Here
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