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Homicide case of Paul Coffman bound over to Grand Jury
Karen House
Dec. 14, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Paul D. Coffman (inset) is charged in the shooting death of Logan Dewayne Lepard (background).

Dec. 14, 2018 – Judge L. Thomas Austin bound over to the Grand Jury the criminal homicide case of Paul D. Coffman, Jr., 22, in Sequatchie County General Sessions Court Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Judge Austin set Coffman's bond at $75,000. As of Friday afternoon, Coffman remains in the Sequatchie County Jail. He is charged in the shooting death of Logan Lepard, 21, on Sept. 8, 2018.

Judge Austin ordered a mental evaluation for Coffman on Sept. 17, but according to the Sequatchie County Court Clerk's Office, that evaluation has not yet come in.

In General Sessions Court Wednesday, Judge Austin accepted guilty pleas in the following cases:

  • Kim Darlene Harvey, attempted assault.
  • Eric Jordan Holman, disorderly conduct.
  • Rex Allen Pickett, disorderly conduct.
  • Winter Rhea Nelson, falsify drug test results.
  • Roxanne Powell, possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of Sched. II-hydros, with other charges dismissed.
  • Marcus D. Sales, simple possession of marijuana.
  • Barry Wallace, DUI, with other charges dismissed.
  • Kim Harvey, assault.

Cases that were dismissed included:

  • Shyanne Lynn Cummings, disorderly conduct.
  • Rob L. Lancaster, public intoxication, assault on an officer.


In Sequatchie County Circuit Court Thursday, Dec. 13, Judge Thomas Graham set a trial date of Jan. 9, 2019, for James Box, on the charge of domestic assault.

He accepted guilty pleas in the following cases:

  • Steven Swanger, for burglary and theft.
  • Randy D. Keener, for failure to appear in court.
  • Ashley Keener, for felony sale and/or delivery of Sched. II drugs, with other charges dismissed.
  • Arlie Richie, for felony sale and/or delivery of Sched. II greater than a half-gram.
  • William Thurman, for 2 counts of aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, and driving on a revoked license.

Judge Graham dismissed a charge of domestic assault against Nathaneal Harwood.