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What Happened at 6223 South Richmond Avenue?

TulsaOklahomaUnited States

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  • February 15th, 2017

    Christopher Coffelt, 34, was fatally shot about 3:30 a.m. the morning after Valentine's day 2017, according to Sgt. Dave Walker. William Wolverton Bridges, 44, called police to report the shooting and was later jailed on a murder complaint. “We have established a recent relationship between Coffelt and Bridges but do not have enough information to develop a motive for the killing,” Walker states in a news release. Coffelt and Bridges spent most of Valentine’s Day at Bridges’ residence in the 6200 block of South Richmond Avenue, according to Walker. “There did not appear to be any issue with the two people until the early morning hours,” Walker states. Bridges reported to a police dispatcher that had he shot Coffelt five times in self-defense, according to Bridges’ arrest and booking report. Bridges told homicide detectives that he and Coffelt were friends, Walker said. Coffelt was in possession of a knife throughout the evening, Bridges said, but eventually placed it on the kitchen table and went to the bathroom, according to the report. When he returned, Bridges told investigators, Coffelt had a chain in his hands, according to the arrest report. Bridges said he thought Coffelt would grab the knife, so he pulled a revolver and fired it several times, the report states. “Bridges would articulate the knife never left the table and the victim was not in possession of it when he was shot,” homicide detective D.C. Baumann states in the report. Investigators said they found that Coffelt did not have a chain in his hands. They booked Bridges into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of first-degree murder. In 2019, Bridges was cleared in trial for the murder and released. Prosecutors and the defense say the case was dismissed after they were made aware of new information. Bridges’ attorneys claim the lead detective in the case, D.C. Baumann withheld evidence. “Mr. Bridges has served over a year in jail awaiting trial,” said attorney Shannon McMurray. “He has an eight-month-old child that he has yet to see until today and justice has absolutely been served.”


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