Affidavit: Tyler Co. murder suspects point to each other as shooter

Bruce Lee Chance

The couple accused of killing a man at his Tyler County home earlier this month admitted to being at the scene but gave conflicting stories on which one of them pulled the trigger, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM/6 News on Fox.

Bruce Lee Chance and Angela Coats are both charged with murder in the March 5 death of Joe Kelvin Brown, whose remains were found after his house was burned to the ground on County Road 4180.

Brown, 51, was shot in the chest and head before his house was set on fire, the affidavit states.

The day after Brown's death, Coats went to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office to admit she witnessed Brown's killing, according to the affidavit.

She is described in the document as Brown's "stalking victim" who brought Chance, her boyfriend, to confront Brown.

Coats told investigators she drove Chance to Brown's house and parked on the side of the residence "with the intentions to get closure with Brown."

Chance asked Brown if he was ready for closure and when Brown said yes, he was shot in the chest, according to the affidavit. He was then shot in the head.

A neighbor reported to investigators that a dark-haired female left the house and drove away in a dark-colored SUV type vehicle. Coats told investigators she drives a black Jeep.

A man left the house on foot wearing a camouflage jacket with a hood.

"Main points in (Chance's) and (Coats') statements correspond with each others' but point to the other as the one who shot Brown," the affidavit states. "(On) Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a provisional anatomic diagnoses from the autopsy showing no suit in the airway of the victim, indicating Brown was in fact deceased prior to the fire."

Chance, 37, and Coats, 47, are both being held on a $250,000 bond.

Brown was described in his obituary as a construction worker who was born in Nederland. His family listed in the obituary lived in Colmesneil.

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