TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 16, 2019
A Nashville jury yesterday found Roy Coons Jr. guilty of strangling and killing 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga inside her Goodlettsville home, the Tennessean reports. Prosecutors argued for the more severe charge of premeditated first-degree murder, but jurors settled on second-degree. Coons also was found guilty of felony murder, attempted child rape and aggravated criminal trespassing. Assistant District Attorney Pam Anderson said in her closing arguments that while "there are maybes and, yes, there are guesses” involved in the prosecution's theory of what happened that day, there was enough evidence to prove Coons had done it.