BIRTH: September 18, 2001
DEATH: May 9, 2009
Donald, 7, was shot in the face and head and died two days later by two people as his family stopped on a public road to allow the children to use the restroom. They were returning from a family outing.
The road in which they stopped was close to a couples home with a sign in their yard that read, “Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be re-shot, Smile I will”. The investigation reveled that the family wasn’t anywhere close to their property. The area included a dirt road, trees and overgrown brush and that it wasn’t uncommon for people to go off-roading there.
Sheila Muhs fired a 12-gauge shotgun once, then handed it to her husband, Gale Muhs, who also fired once.
Sheila then called 911 and told the dispatcher: “They’re running over our levee in big-wheel vehicles, and I shot them.”
The levee belonged to the subdivision and was not private property.
There was no indication the unarmed victims did anything threatening toward the Muhs.
Donald Coffey Sr., Donald’s father, suffered a pellet wound in his right shoulder and his sister, Destiny, suffered a wound to the elbow. A family friend, Patrick Cammack, was in serious condition with a head wound. He is now out of the hospital with a shot gun pellet that can’t be removed from behind his ear.
Sheila Muhs was charged with felony murder and attempted murder and convicted in April, 2011. Sentencing is still pending.
Gale Muhs was charged with felony murder and attempted murder and his trial is still pending.