MUNCIE, Ind. – A week after a Daleville rural man was shot near his home, Delaware County Sheriff’s Officers arrested three Anderson residents Friday night in connection with the murder.
On the afternoon of July 22, 38-year-old William Randall Coomer Jr. Shot in the back, near the entrance to Sharp Cemetery, across Delaware County Road 500-W from his property.
Coomer, a Marine and owner of a local tree pruning service, was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Friday night, deputies arrested Alexander TE Geesy, 18, of Anderson, on preliminary counts of murder and obstruction of justice.
Also arrested were two other Anderson residents, Brandi Lynn Zirkle, 32, and Ryan J. Geesy, 22, on preliminary counts of aid after the act and obstruction of justice.
Zirkle is also facing three preliminary counts of neglect from a dependent.
In a release, Chief Deputy Jeff Stanley said investigators learned the suspects had fled Indiana in the immediate aftermath of the murder. Their arrests came Friday after they returned to the state.
Stanley thanked his department’s audience “for their diligence and their tips.”
“There is no further threat to the community in connection with this heinous crime,” he added.
On Friday afternoon, a few hours before the arrests, Stanley told The Star Press that the case was “progressing” and had provided “several solid leads.”
“We hope to have a solution very soon,” added Stanley. The investigation had taken delegates to several counties in Central Indiana.
Stanley said Coomer’s wife had been checking outside her mailbox shortly after 2 p.m. on July 22 when two vehicles passed her at high speed.
When she yelled at motorists to slow down, at least one person reacted with profanity, the chief officer said.
She related the incident to her husband, who was already in the process of leaving their home, and then he met the vehicles — reportedly a red 2014-2016 red Ford Focus and a white 2009-2014 Ford Explorer — at the entrance to the pioneer cemetery. .
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Stanley said Coomer got out of his vehicle before being shot. The Focus and Explorer were then sighted heading south on County Road 500-W.
The scene is just north of the Delaware-Henry county line.
Stanley acknowledged that the cemetery – with its first burials dating back to the 1840s – is the subject of local legends and is referred to by some as ‘Witches Circle’.
It’s not uncommon for deputies to be asked to monitor youth activities at the rural cemetery, especially around Halloween, he said.
Late Friday, Stanley said the sheriff’s department had been assisted in the week-long murder investigation by the Delaware County prosecutor’s office, the Delaware County coroner, the Anderson Police Department, the Madison County Sheriffs, the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Natural. Sources.
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Three arrested in rural Daleville man’s murder