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Attempted murder case will continue

May 22, 2019

The attempted murder case against a Fort Wayne man charged in a March shooting will continue despite his attempts to have it thrown out.   

Timothy L. Coats, 25, faces three felony charges including one count of attempted murder in the March 25 shooting of Aaron Wiegand. Prosecutors also filed a sentencing enhancement for using a gun to commit the crime.   

Coats, who refused a public defender and is representing himself, argues in court documents someone else fired the shots that badly injured Wiegand and a judge should toss the case. Wiegand has refused to testify and denies Coats shot him in an affidavit signed April 18, and Coats refers to the claim several times in documents filed since then in Allen Superior Court.   

“The state is unable to prove all elements of the crime,” a motion to dismiss the case filed April 25 states. ”(Wiegand), the injured person, does not accuse me of shooting him.” 

Judge David Zent denied the motion and wrote in a separate order that prosecutors have “tablet messages” indicating Coats coached Wiegand’s statements.   

“The tablet messages are sent by (Coats) informing the alleged victim what to say in (the) affidavit filed by the alleged victim,” the order states. 

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