Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM

Autopsy: Slain Missouri man died of gunshot wound

Posted Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy has found that a man who was killed earlier this month in a Joplin home died of a single gunshot wound to his torso.

Police Capt. Nick Jimenez announced the results of the autopsy on 36-year-old Gregory Coble in a news release Monday. Coble and a woman were shot Feb. 3 during a reported burglary at a home. Police said the wounded woman has been released from the hospital.

Police initially were seeking other people who may have been involved in the shooting. But no arrests have been made and no charges filed.

Jimenez said the case remains under investigation.

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Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
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TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.