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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.
Funeral details will be published as soon as received from Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home
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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Rex Coffey, well-known businessman, murdered

2006-06-12 - Columbia - Photo by Linda Waggener.

REX COFFEY, shown at left with his wife Tammy at the 2003 opening of their new building, was shot at a church picnic Saturday evening.
Rex Coffey was with family and friends at the Beech Grove Baptist Church when, reports say, 68-year-old Willie Paul Grant drove up, shined his vehicle lights on the picnic shelter, and shot Rex in the head with a .22 rifle.

Rex was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he lived until just before 10am Sunday morning. He is a well-known businessman in Columbia who started out in a small way on family land in Glens Fork and, with his wife Tammy, built the business and expanded it to serve recreational vehicle riders in a wide region of southcentral Kentucky.

Obituary information will be available later today.
Clicking 'read more' leads to the initial Kentucky State Police report which also contains a link to Rex's story and testimonial printed here at their Grand Opening. The mystery of why this happened is being investigated and will be linked to these stories as facts unfold. Anyone wishing to contribute news related to the tragedy, or to remember Rex Coffey, is welcome to click on the contact/submit link in the site menu and comment.

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Deputy Corbin was on Melson Ridge when shooting occurred

2006-06-12 - Adair Sheriffs Office. Columbia, KY - Photo CM staff. DEPUTY SHERIFF TOMMY CORBIN, shown here on Monday, June 12, 2006 in the Adair County Sheriff's office, was investigating another incident, this one on Melson Ridge, when he was radioed to be on the lookout for a Dodge D50 pickup driven by Willie Paul Grant and was told of the shooting at Beech Grove Baptist Church. Corbin met the truck and gave chase to the Sand Lick area near the Adair, Russell and Cumberland lines. Deputy Corbin did pursue Mr. Grant up the creek bed. They had a brief encounte, but Mr. Grant flet into the woods. Willie Paul Grant was captured the next morning, Sunday, back within a couple of miles of Beech Grove Separate Church, on the Buell Collins Road.
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Beech Grove Vacation Bible School was celebrating with cookout

2006-06-12 - Beech Grove Separate Baptist Church - Photo CM Staff. A COOKOUT WHICH STARTED AT 6:00PM to celebrate the completion of Vacation Bible School started out a happy affair, until the wrap, when Rex Coffey was mortally wounded with a rifle shot. The West KY 900 3-mile marker can be seen; the church is three miles from Glens Fork, on the road to Melson Ridge.
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