GRAY -- Pamela Moss called her sister at 11:37 a.m. on the day Doug Coker disappeared.
Carol Holland was expecting the call. She and Moss had talked the day before about Moss concerns that Coker, a Henry County businessman, might not be legit and Moss wanted her sister to listen in when the two met on March 13, 2012, at the McDonalds on Bass Road in Macon.
When Moss called, she put Coker on the phone with her sister. They had a short conversation about his business, Holland testified Tuesday.
About 10 minutes later, Coker called her back asking questions about the grant Moss was trying to obtain for him.
We were talking and then we got disconnected after about a minute, Holland said. He was in the middle of a sentence when the line went dead.
Moss called again at about noon and asked what had happened during the conversation.
She said, If anybody says anything, I didnt call you back, Holland testified.
Moss, 55, was charged with Cokers murder days later, after investigators found his body underneath the porch of her home in the River North subdivision just across the Jones County line from north Macon.
Her trial started Monday in Jones County Superior Court.
A security guard who manned the front gate at River North testified Tuesday that Coker, 67, signed in saying he was going to met Moss at 11:16 a.m. March 13.
After not hearing from Coker later that day, Cokers wife and other family members reported him missing to both Henry and Bibb county authorities.
Moss talked with Henry County police detectives March 15 and admitted she had met with Coker at McDonalds, but gave multiple stories about what happened afterward. In one version, she said she and Coker met at the fast food restaurant and then both went their separate ways. But later, she said Coker followed her to the intersection of Bass Road and Riverside Drive to look at property ripe for investment, said investigator Dean Watson.
An audio recording of the interview was played for jurors Tuesday.
I have no idea where Mr. Coker is, Moss said during the interview.
At the end of the interview, Moss agreed to talk with Watson again the following day, but he testified she never showed up.
Bibb County Sheriffs Office investigator Jamey Jones testified he tried to call Moss using contact information Watson had used, but wasnt able to reach her.
Jones and another investigator went to her home about 11 p.m. March 18, thinking that most people are at home at that time of night. They spotted lights on in Moss house, but no one appeared to be home, Jones said.
Walking around the house, they smelled a strong odor of natural gas. As they continued to walk around the house, they smelled another odor -- a decomposing body, Jones said.
After opening an area fenced in by lattice underneath the porch, Jones said he saw an object covered by a plastic tarp near a wheelbarrow and other yard tools. Roofing shingles and what appeared to be lime were on top of the plastic.
Looking under the plastic, Jones said he found a mans body. He was wearing the same clothing Coker was reported as wearing on the day he went missing.
At that time we knew it was Mr. Coker, Jones said.
Evidence of a cleanup
Receipts found at Moss home show she bought several items at the Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard Kroger on the day after Coker went missing.
In one transaction, she bought two pairs of yellow kitchen gloves, plastic storage containers and a tub of chicken salad. In a second transaction, two minutes later, she bought two gallons of bleach.
When investigators found Cokers body, they found a large plastic tub beside him. Inside were bloodied gloves, plastic sheeting, trash bags and easy move pads -- devices sold on TV to make it easier to move large furniture, said Kenneth Gleaton, a Jones County Sheriffs Office investigator.
Investigators also found bottles of bleach inside Moss house, along with bags of lime typically used for lawn care. Gleaton explained a different type of lime is often used in farming applications to reduce odors.
In the kitchen, investigators found a hammer. A GBI DNA expert testified Tuesday that she found Cokers DNA on the hammer.
GBI Medical Examiner Melissa Sims said Coker was struck at least five times in the head, causing his death.
Gleaton said authorities identified 228 separate blood stains inside Moss house.
This was a very bloody crime scene, he said.
Many of Cokers family members faced forward and wept as crime scene photos were projected on the back wall of the courtroom. Several left during Sims testimony.
Gleaton testified the natural gas powered living room fireplace was turned on when investigators arrived and they had to air out the house before searching it. They found burned matches in the kitchen sink.
A natural gas meter reader salesman testified that records show a significant spike in gas usage began on March 15 at about 7 p.m. and continued until the early morning hours of March 19, the same time investigators were at the house.
Authorities also found multiple blood stains in the living room of the house, including a large stain on the floor. White paint appeared to have been spilled on the blood in an effort to cover it, Gleaton testified.
The stain also had been covered by a plastic sheet, similar to a painting drop cloth, he said.
She seemed very distraught
On the afternoon Coker disappeared, Moss called a woman she knew from church and asked for a ride home from the Spalding County Hospital, the woman testified.
Gleaton said authorities later found Cokers car in the hospital parking lot. Inside, investigators found an envelope with three checks written out to Coker by Moss -- two were for $85,000, the amount Moss owed Coker. A third check was made out for $80,000. A Henry County detective testified Tuesday that Moss had already paid Coker $5,000 of the money she owed.
When investigators later searched Moss car, they found a Best Western Hotel parking permit dated for March 15 to March 17 and a substance on the floor thought to be lime, Gleaton said.
Walter Duncan, a Tennessee man who has known Moss for 26 years, testified she met him in Atlanta on March 14 for a business meeting the following day. The two had been romantically involved in the past and were dating again in 2012.
He said nothing appeared to be awry, even when they spent the night together at an Atlanta hotel March 14, until a Henry County detective called Moss on the morning of March 15 wanting to talk about Cokers disappearance.
Holland said Moss called her on March 15 and asked if she could stay with her at her home in Jesup for a few days.
The next day, Moss called again and asked Holland to pick her up at a Wal-Mart in Hinesville, about 25 miles from Hollands home. She left her car there and rode to Jesup with Holland and stayed at her home for the weekend.
Holland testified that her sister, who shed only known for about four years, seemed very distraught when she picked her up.
By Monday, March 19, Moss said she wanted to be alone after spending a weekend with several teenagers in her sisters house. She went to Hollands ex-husbands home nearby after hed gone to work, Holland testified.
A deputy showed up at Hollands door looking for Moss that afternoon and Holland admits she lied and said she hadnt seen her sister.
Later that night, a family member found Moss on the floor of Hollands ex-husbands house suffering from a drug overdose. She was taken to a hospital by ambulance, Holland testified.
Franklin J. Hogue, Moss lawyer, told jurors Monday that Moss has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder and that she acted under a delusional compulsion brought on by an alternate personality when she struck Coker.
Prosecutor Keagan Waystack told jurors Monday that steps Moss took to cover up the crime show she was a woman who knew the difference between right and wrong.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to continue Wednesday.
Although Moss was in the courtroom early Tuesday morning, she waived her right to be present and was taken back to the county jail.
Moss served eight years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in her mothers 1996 fatal poisoning.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.