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YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Detective S. Murphy. Detective T. Armstrong
Incident No.: 003511-04K-2013
Case Description: Diane Coates homicide investigation

 

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DATE SEARCH WARRANT RECEIVED

November 29, 2013

DATE AND TIME WARRANT EXECUTED

November 30, 2013

at 8:00 a.m.

COPY OF WARRANT AND RECEIPT FOR ITEMS LEFT WITH

Rupert Coates, co-owner

210 Elm Street
Oxford, MS

INVENTORY IN THE PRESENCE OF

Detective Samantha Murphy and Detective Ted Armstrong of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department, and Rupert Coates, co-owner.

 

I received the attached search warrant November 29, 2013 and have executed it as follows:

On November 30, 2013 at 8:00 a.m., I searched the person or premises described in the warrant and left a copy of the warrant with Rupert Coates.

 

INVENTORY OF PERSON OR PROPERTY TAKEN PURSUANT TO THE WARRANT

Collected from Master Bathroom

  • 003709-23: One (1) Walgreens® aspirin, 50 count, 42 remaining

  • 003709-24: One (1) Goody's® headache powder packet, unopened

  • 003709-25: One (1) prescription medication bottle, empty

    Label affixed to bottle indicates, in part:

      ○ Prescription issued to: Diane Coates
      ○ Prescribing physician: John Lipinski, MD
      ○ Medication prescribed: 180 5-mg Coumadin tablets
      ○ Refills: 1

Campari liqueur bottle recovered from Coates residenceCollected from Kitchen

  • 003572-26: One (1) stone mortar

  • 003572-27: One (1) stone pestle

  • 003572-28: One (1) 750 ml bottle Gruppo® Campari, opened, ~1/4 remaining

  • 003572-29: One (1) 750 ml bottle Absolut® Vodka, opened, ~1/2 remaining

  • 003572-30: One (1) 750 ml bottle Turning Leaf® Merlot, opened, ~2/3 remaining

Collected from Garage

  • 003709-31: One (1) dark blue baseball cap, bearing an upper case "A" Atlanta Braves logo

Collected from inside Sears® Craftsman® toolbox in Garage:

  • 003709-32: One (1) prescription medication bottle, empty

    Label affixed to bottle indicates, in part:

      ○ Prescription issued to: Diane Coates
      ○ Prescribing physician: John Lipinski, MD
      ○ Medication prescribed: 180 5-mg Coumadin tablets
      ○ Refills: 0

  • 003709-33: One (1) box cutter razor with white residue

Collected from 2011 Toyota Camry Vehicle

  • 003572-34: One (1) Goody's® headache powder packet, empty

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I swear that this inventory is a true and detailed account of the person or property taken by me on the warrant.

//Samantha Murphy
Detective - Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

Subscribed, sworn to, and returned before me this 30th day of November, 2013.

//Harold R. McAfee
Yoknapatawpha County Court Judge

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Yoknapatawpha County Court

in the

State of Mississippi

In the matter of the search of:

SEARCH WARRANT

210 Elm Street
Oxford, MS 38655

Case Number: 003709-22K-2013

To Detective Samantha Murphy and any Authorized Officer of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

Affidavit(s) having been made before me by Detective Samantha Murphy

who has reason to believe that on the premises known as

210 Elm Street, Oxford, MS which is a free-standing, one-story single family home, shown by public record as owned by Rupert Coates and Diane Coates; a 2011 Toyota Camry vehicle (VIN XXXXXXXXXXXXX) registered to Diane Coates; a 2009 Ford Taurus vehicle (VIN XXXXXXXXXXXX) registered to Rupert Coates;

in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, there is now concealed a person or property, namely

Substances consistent with coroner's description of the substance that contributed to the death of Diane Coates, namely Coumadin also known as warfarin; equipment used to store, conceal, or administer the substance; a beverage or beverage component, red in color; a beverage or beverage component containing ethyl alcohol; a dark blue baseball cap bearing the retired red lower case "A" logo of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team;

and as I am satisfied that there is probable cause to believe that the person or property so described is now concealed on the person or premises above described and that grounds for application for issuance of the search warrant exist as stated in the supporting affidavit(s).

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to search on or before December 8, 2013 (not to exceed 10 days) the person or property specified, serving this warrant and making the search in the daytime (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). If the person or property be found there seize same, leaving a copy of this warrant and receipt for the person or property taken and prepare a written inventory of the person or property seized and promptly return this warrant to US Judge or Magistrate,

At Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi

Dated this 29th day of November, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

//Harold R. McAfee
Yoknapatawpha County Court Judge

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  • Call me skeptical, but I'm finding it a little bit hard to digest that Rupert also owns an Atlanta Braves baseball cap even though it has the capital "A". I'd be surprised if even Rupert knew that he supposedly owned this cap. Because my skeptical mind tells me that this is just way too coincidental.
    I'd also expect that Landon had a key to Rupert's house. I also don't think that mortar and pestle's are Rupert's type of things.

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