Robert W. Coffin

Accused murderer rejects plea offer

Published Nov 14, 2017 at 12:30pm

Accused murderer Robert W. Coffin rejected a pre-trial plea offer in County Court this morning.

Last month Coffin, 35, of an address given as 702 W. Bloomfield St., pleaded not guilty before Judge Robert L. Bauer to felony counts of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Coffin will now appear again for motions on the case on Nov. 28, with a response to motions scheduled for Dec. 5.

Coffin is being represented by Public Defender Kurt Schultz.

Until his Oct. 24 arraignment, the suspect had been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his Sept. 1 arrest on a fugitive from justice warrant. He is accused of shooting Thomas E. Shepherd III, 25, twice in the face while in the parking lot behind Sammy G’s bar, located in the 400 block of Woodrow Ave. just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

Coffin was on the run for nearly two weeks before being apprehended by marshals while getting off a bus in Las Vegas that had come from Colorado. The suspect was found in possession of a firearm at the time, law enforcement said. It has still not been confirmed whether it was the murder weapon.