[Update Apr. 18, 2008: The link to this article in the Morganton paper is dead. This one leads to the Burke Co., NC Sheriff's website containing information about Rickey Allen Coffey.]
According to a Sep. 2006 article in the Morganton News Herald, Rickey Allen Coffey shot and killed his father-in-law, Maynard Memory Reece in Dec. 2001. Coffey then attempted to take his own life by shooting himself in the face. The attempt failed, and now after five years of rehabilitation, Coffey finally faces justice.
He apparently did not come to trial until 2005 when, after a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 11-15 years in prison. He was expected to report to prison on Oct. 1, 2006 to begin serving his sentence.
Click on the title link to read more about Rickey Allen Coffey.
If any reader can identify the parents and/or grandparents of Coffey, please write to me at the above e-mail address.