Lee Coroner: Autopsy confirms McCoy homicide

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Lee County’s coroner says the final autopsy report confirms her initial ruling that Anna Catherine McCoy’s shooting death was a homicide.
But as of Thursday, the Saltillo Police Department had not ruled the April 15 shooting a homicide or an accident, despite having the full autopsy report.
Lee County Corner Carolyn Gillentine-Green said her office received the report Wednesday, exactly six weeks after McCoy was found shot to death at a Saltillo home.
Gillentine-Green originally classified the shooting a homicide in her preliminary report completed just days after the incident.
“The full report cleared up some things that the investigators needed in order to finish their case to present it to the grand jury,” said Gillentine-Green. “My findings are that it is a homicide. I have delivered the full report to the Saltillo police and now it’s up to them, the district attorney’s office and a grand jury to decide what happens next.”
Because the investigation is still open, Gillentine-Green could not say what the findings in the full autopsy report were.
Saltillo Police Investigator Mark Haygood confirmed that the report was in but he could not comment on its findings or on where the case goes from here.
McCoy, 20, was found laying across a bed shot to death at a home on 134 Willoughby Oak Drive on April 15. Haygood said a 23-year-old man, possibly McCoy’s boyfriend, was in the bedroom with her at the time of the shooting. Another person was also in the house at the time of the shooting. No one has been arrested or charged in the incident.
Saltillo’s last homicide was in 2001.

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