Roy Coons on Trial for Allegedly Murdering 12-Year-Old Neighbor Yhoana Arteaga

Update – July 15, 2019, 6:46 p.m.: Coons was found guilty in Arteaga’s death. Learn more here.

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Roy Donald Coons Jr. stands trial in Davidson County, Tennessee for allegedly sexually abusing 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga, and then strangling her to death. Charges are first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted rape of a child, and especially aggravated burglary.

The incident occurred August 10, 2017, prosecutors said. The victim was home from school because of a roller skating injury, authorities said.

Before her death Atreaga texted her mom that there was someone at the door, according to police. There were no stab wounds or bullet wounds, cops said.

Police say that Coons has a lengthy criminal record: he had been convicted of over 30 offenses since 1992. His last one was in 2016 for felony marijuana possession and unlawful gun possession, cops said. He got an 8 year probated sentence for this, they said.

Authorities said they kept an eye on Coons after finding Atreaga dead. DNA evidence led them to the defendant.

[Mugshot via Davidson County]

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