More Tests Set For Body Of Reputed W.Va. Fugitive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Mexican authorities have been unable to establish the identity of human remains that are reputedly those of a fugitive from justice in Morgantown.

A lawyer for ABC Bailing bonding told Monongalia County circuit judge Russell Clawges on Monday that a bone from the body is now being sent to the U.S. for testing.

Mexican officials drew blood from the body found in a Pauper's Grave in a bid to see if DNA from the sample matches that of David Coffman.

They were unable to extract DNA from the sample, though.

Coffman fled Morgantown while awaiting trial in the May 2006 slaying of his girlfriend, Julie Hall.

Mexican authorities say he died in 2007, but Clawges has expressed doubts that Coffman is dead.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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