August 8, 2005 – Posted at 6:59 p.m. CDT
LAKE CITY, AR -- Testimony began in a murder trial in Lake City, in eastern Craighead County.
51-year year old Dennis Coats of Caraway was found naked, stabbed to death at the Hatchie Coon Wildlife Management area near Black Oak in June of 2004. 43-year-old Judy Flanagan faces capital murder charges.
“I don’t like it, to tell you the damn truth, and I want somebody to get punished,” said Dennis Coats’ father Junior Alton Coats.
Judy Flanagan faced a jury of her peers on Monday. Several members of local law enforcement took the stand to testify about the case. Two audiotapes and a videotape were played of Flanagan’s alleged confession to the crime.
“I spent 51 years raising that boy, and I didn’t raise him for no woman to kill and get away with it,” said Coats.
“I really miss my brother, you bet I do,” said Ricky Coats, Dennis’ brother.