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Tyler County murder suspect posts $250K bail

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A woman accused in the killing of a man she says stalked her prior to his death has posted a $250,000 bail and is out of the Tyler County jail with a murder charge pending.

Angela Coats, 47, had been in jail for about two months for what police say is her role in the March 5 shooting death of 51-year-old Joe Kelvin Brown.

Brown was shot in the chest and head before his house was set on fire, the affidavit states.

Bruce Lee Chance, 37, is Coats' boyfriend who is also charged in the killing.

Coats posted bail Tuesday, 6 News has learned.

Tyler County District Attorney tells 6 News that the case against Chance and Coats will likely go before a grand jury this month. If they are indicted, court appearances could come as early as June.

Probable cause affidavits against the two suspects lays out how they point the finger at each other.

Coats told investigators she drove Chance to Brown's house and parked on the side of the residence "with the intentions to get closure with Brown."

Chance asked Brown if he was ready for closure and when Brown said yes, he was shot in the chest, according to the affidavit. He was then shot in the head.

A neighbor reported to investigators that a dark-haired female left the house and drove away in a dark-colored SUV type vehicle. Coats told investigators she drives a black Jeep.

A man left the house on foot wearing a camouflage jacket with a hood.

"Main points in (Chance's) and (Coats') statements correspond with each others' but point to the other as the one who shot Brown," the affidavit states. "(On) Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a provisional anatomic diagnoses from the autopsy showing no suit in the airway of the victim, indicating Brown was in fact deceased prior to the fire."

Read the court documents in their entirety below:


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