04/13/2006

Ga. police hunt lost evidence in '96 killing

Copyright 2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
BETH WARREN, JEFFRY SCOTT
 
The whereabouts of a missing weapon and other key evidence in a 1996 Fulton County homicide remained a mystery Wednesday.

A veteran Atlanta police detective said he doesn't know what happened to the gun, bullet and shell casing, fingerprints and other evidence from the December 1996 slaying in Buckhead of millionaire David Coffin Jr.

"Once it goes to the state crime lab, it is not my responsibility to keep it," Sgt. Rick Chambers testified Wednesday as defense attorneys fought to have the case dismissed. Chambers testified that he last saw the gun on Dec. 11, 1996, a day after Coffin's body was found, when he handed it to his partner on the case, detective Marchel Walker.

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