Suspect in murder case released from hospital Wednesday

jkovac@macon.comMarch 21, 2012 

The 54-year-old woman charged with murder in the death of a Henry County businessman was released from a south Georgia hospital Wednesday.

Jones sheriff’s Capt. Earl Humphries said Pamela Moss would be booked into the Jones County jail Wednesday evening.

The businessman, Doug Coker, had been dead for five days when his body was found under a business associate’s back porch in Jones County earlier this week.

Coker, from McDonough, is thought to have died of blunt-force trauma, but Humphries said he had yet to confirm that with the medical examiner who autopsied the 67-year-old businessman’s body.

Investigators think Coker was killed March 13 when he was in the Macon area to meet Pamela Moss, a grant writer and nonprofit manager who was apparently helping Coker set up a charity housing endeavor.

“We’re not exactly sure of the details. ... We don’t have the complete picture,” Humphries said.

Coker’s body was found beneath Moss’ porch in the River North subdivision late Sunday. She was not home. Investigators tracked her down Monday night to a hospital in Jesup, where she’d been taken after overdosing on pills, her attorney said.

Coker’s car, a Dodge Avenger, was found Monday in Griffin.

“We are confident she took the victim’s car there and dropped it off,” Humphries said, adding that Moss’ car had also turned up.

It was in Hinesville, between Savannah and Jesup, where authorities said a relative of hers, a half-sister, lives. Moss’ 1992 Subaru Legacy was parked outside a Wal-Mart.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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