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 Roger Keith Coleman

Roger Keith Coleman

Birth
USA
Death 20 May 1992 (aged 33)
Jarratt, Greensville County, Virginia, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Cremated-Ashes scattered over the valley's of Grundy, Virginia.
Memorial ID 15049354 · View Source
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Roger Coleman died at the age of 33, electrocuted in the State's Electric Chair after 10 years on Death Row. The 17th Murderer to die in 1992 in the Country, the 1st Murderer to be executed in Virginia in 1992. On March 10th, 1981, 19 year old Wanda Fay McCoy was attacked at her home, then raped and murdered. There was little signs of a struggle, she may have let her attacker into the house, unwittingly. Roger Coleman was her brother inlaw and had access to the home and immediately became a suspect. Coleman had a prior conviction for Attempted Rape. Coleman worked in a Coal Mine, had worked that night, but left when his shift was over. The Autopsy showed deep wounds and cuts to her throat and chest with a knife. She had broken fingernails and defense wounds on her hands. Initial DNA testing connected Coleman to the crime. He consistantly maintained his innocense. He convinced TIME Magazine to run a cover story days before his scheduled execution. Coleman took and failed a polygraph exam shortly before his execution. More than a decade after his execution, modern DNA tests confirmed his guilt. This man who proclaimed his innocense to the bitter end, a man in self-denial. His last meal request was cold pizza. His final statement was: "An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight. When my innocense is proven, I hope America will realize the injustice of the death penalty, as all other civilized Countries have."


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  • Created by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
  • Added: 26 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15049354
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roger Keith Coleman (1 Nov 1958–20 May 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15049354, ; Maintained by Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas (contributor 46786768) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Cremated-Ashes scattered over the valley's of Grundy, Virginia..