Ruling in August Murder

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Guilty on all counts: A Staunton judge has made his ruling on the August shooting and killing of Dennis Mickens.

The judge took only minutes after closing arguments to find Andre Coe guilty in front of a full Staunton courtroom.

The judge found Coe guilty of murdering Mickens, attempting to kill Mickens' brother, maliciously wounding his girlfriend and using a firearm to commit a felony.

The prosecution argued all this was done with premeditation and malice.

But on the stand Tuesday, Andre Coe said he never had any intention of shooting Mickens, whom he said was a total stranger.

He admitted to firing six shots but only because it went off as Mickens tried to hit it away.

Coe said the only reason he took a loaded gun to the Elizabeth Miller Garden Apartments that night was because he thought the man who had mugged him earlier that day would be there.

But testimony from Corporal Kristy Siron said Coe admitted to her that he shot Mickens that night because of his attitude.

And witnesses said Coe gave Mickens three seconds to hand over money he owed to a friend of Coe's.

They said Coe then counted to three and fired rounds into the car where Mickens, his brother, girlfriend and her son sat.

As for Coe's future, the judge has ordered a pre-sentence report.

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