Flanagan Trial Continues

August 10, 2005 – Posted at 8:12 p.m. CDT

LAKE CITY, AR -- Testimony continued Wednesday in Lake City in the capital murder trial of 43-year-old Judy Flanagan. The Caraway woman is accused of killing 51-year-old Dennis Coats of Lake City.
Testimony continued with several witnesses from the Arkansas State Crime Lab testifying about DNA evidence collected at the scene. No DNA taken from Coats’ body matched anyone involved in the case, including Flanagan.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Alan Copelin also presented to the jury a pair of boots found near where Dennis Coats’ body had been discovered. Family members say the boots belonged to Coats. Friends say this trial has been a long ordeal.
“I haven’t been able to sleep, and I have been sick to my stomach all week. I wake up, and my stomach is in knots,” said friend Danny Warren.
Warren had worked with Coats as a sheet rocker for many years, but after his death, Warren said his heart is just not in it.
“I’ll miss him so much. He was more than just a friend. We worked together and played together. He loved to fish, and we would go together,” said Warren.
The state also called Christy Wood to testify. She had been babysitting the Coats’ children the night Dennis was murdered. She also testified to finding Coats’ body with Flanagan on June 12, 2004.
The state rested its case Wednesday afternoon, and Flanagan’s defense team brought to the stand psychologist Dr. Rebecca Caperton who had examined Flanagan.
Dr. Caperton testified that Flanagan, who had been married six times, had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and an IQ of 79. Flanagan is currently on disability for post-traumatic stress syndrome, personality disorders and major depression.