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Posted on: May 4, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Police Identify Victim in Homicide

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On May 4, at approximately 3:30 p.m., James City County Police Department responded to a domestic dispute in the 200 block of Sandy Bay Road. Police arrived and found a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Medics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased before they were able to transport. The victim has been identified as 72 year old Irene Coates of James City County.


Robert Lee Coates, the victim’s spouse, was taken into custody shortly after the incident occurred and has been charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.


Media should contact Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail for mugshot.


Media Contact:

Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson

757-592-5618; Stephanie.williams@jamescitycountyva.gov


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