Kelly Coleman

Police recovered 16 shell casings from a Dumas Street where a McGehee man was fatally shot last month, according to documents released last week when 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen filed capital murder and aggravated assault charges against a Monticello man suspected in the homicide.

One witness reported hearing 12 gunshots while another witness reporting hearing eight gunshots on March 19 as they walked along a Dumas Street with 25-year-old Blake C. White of McGehee and another man.

White sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his head, one to his top left shoulder, one right rib cage area, and one to his left hand, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant for Kelly Bernard Coleman, Jr., 26, of Monticello.

One witness told police that she, White and two others were walking from the Club Era on S. Maple Street to a vehicle parked about a block and a half away on W. Jones Street. As they approached W. Jones Street, one of the four walked ahead to get his vehicle. The witness said she then looked behind her and saw a man following them with a gun pointed at White’s head. She said when she looked back, the the man lowered the gun and walked past her, according to the affidavit.

The witness said she yelled at White and another witness then the man shot White in the head. She said the man fired 12 shots at White. She described the man as a “light-skinned” black man wearing brown khaki pants, a light colored shirt and an orange or red cap turned backward, according to the affidavit.

The witness said a white or light green colored Chrysler carrying three males then pulled up, asked her if she was alright, and told the suspect to get into the car. She said the suspect told the males “Hell no,” then walked back toward the club where there was a crowd of people.

According to the affidavit, another witness told police that she turned around when she heard the first witness call her by her nickname. By the time she turned around, the suspect was firing shots. Upon hearing the third (of eight) gunshots she said White pushed her down and said “go.” As she was crawling away, she said she looked back. White was calling for help and the suspect was still shooting. She said the suspect was wearing khaki pants, a white or gray shirt, and something on his head.

She said a white or gray car then pulled up. Passengers in the car told the suspect to get in and he (the suspect) said “I’m going to show this (racial epithet deleted) I ain’t weak.” He then got into the car and they left, according to the affidavit.

By this time, the third witness who had walked ahead of the others to get his car, arrived with his vehicle and called 911.

According to the affidavit, a witnesses identified the shooter from a photo shown to them by a woman who had children by both White and Coleman. Another witness said she did not see the shooter’s face but did see Coleman earlier that evening and he wore khaki pants and a light colored shirt like the shooter wore. She also said Coleman and White had been having altercations for about two months.

Coleman was arrested two days later, on March 21, at his place of employment in Monticello. After his arrest, co-workers found a pistol inside a glove in the work truck that Coleman drives at work, according to Monticello Police Criminal Investigator Kenny Cox’s investigator notes.

Coleman is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault. Capital murder is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. He is being held without bond.