Two charged with murder after Bernie man killed - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Two charged with murder after Bernie man killed

Posted: Updated:
Aubury "Lee" Finch (picture from 20 years ago) Aubury "Lee" Finch (picture from 20 years ago)
Allen McCoy Allen McCoy
Angela McCoy Angela McCoy
Police tape surrounds the home at the corner of Spiker and Bowman in Bernie Police tape surrounds the home at the corner of Spiker and Bowman in Bernie
Police were still investigating the homicide at this home around 6 a.m. Tuesday Police were still investigating the homicide at this home around 6 a.m. Tuesday
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Warrant issued for arrest of Paragould OBGYN

    Warrant issued for arrest of Paragould OBGYN

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:57:27 GMT
    An arrest warrant was issued for a longtime Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism. Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.
    An arrest warrant was issued for a long time Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism, a class D felony. According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.
  • 'Operation Spring Fling' nets 17 suspects

    'Operation Spring Fling' nets 17 suspects

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-09 17:06:57 GMT
    SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) – Officers from several Bootheel Missouri law enforcement agencies did a little spring cleaning early Wednesday morning. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety met with numerous
    Officers from several Bootheel Missouri law enforcement agencies did a little spring cleaning early Wednesday morning.

     
  • St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

    St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:01:01 GMT
    A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing women in his apartment over several years.
    A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing women in his apartment over several years.

By Holly Brantley - email

BERNIE, MO (KFVS) - A husband and wife face murder charges in the stabbing death of a Bernie man Monday night.

Allen D. McCoy and Angela F. McCoy each face first degree murder, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action charges.

The body of Aubury "Lee" Finch, 67, was found at a home at 413 Bowman Ave. on the southwest side of town around 9:30 Monday night.

"It appears the motive was robbery," said Sheriff Carl Hefner.

According to court documents, Allen McCoy, also known as Smurf, told at least four people that he stabbed "an old man in Bernie and robbed him."

"The witness called the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department," said Hefner.  "They called us. We went to check it out and officers found Finch Monday evening. We were familiar with Allen McCoy."

According to court records, the witnesses say McCoy stole some items and took them to a storage building in Bernie. Witnesses also claim McCoy said he stole a rifle, shotgun which police found in the storage unit.

A witness told police McCoy burned some items in front of the home of the witness, according to the probable cause statement. Police found key's to Finch's home and Ford truck in an ash pile in front of the witness's home.

Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner says an autopsy is scheduled for later Wednesday morning in Farmington.

Meanwhile, family members say Finch was a peaceful man.  Finch's nephew tells Heartland News the family never expected his uncle to die this way.  He also says Finch knew the McCoys

"He was a great person. The best person," said Doug Flannery.

Flannery and others at the pool hall in Bernie say Finch was a regular there.

"He did not deserve this," said Flannery.

"I'll always remember him playing pool here," said Michael Fritts.

Fritts says he and Finch bonded because they were both veterans of Vietnam.

"He spent his mornings in here," he said.  "We would often talk about Vietnam."

"It really angers me," said William Turnbow. "He would give you the shirt off his back."

According to friends, Finch had been robbed several times.  Yet, they say he was still the kind of person that would open his door to you.

"I can't believe this had to happen in this community," said Flannery.

Finch had no children.  He was not married.  Friends and family say he will be missed.

No bond is set for the McCoys. They were taken to the Stoddard County jail facing first degree charges of murder, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action.

Copyright 2010 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.