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Convicted murderer from Thomson dies in prison

A 41-year-old former Thomson man, who was serving a life sentence plus 20 years for having been convicted of murdering his mother and assaulting another woman, died last Sunday at Telfair State Prison in McRae.

The cause of his death is pending an autopsy, which was performed at the Georgia State Crime Lab in DeKalb County on Monday, according to Mallie McCord, a spokeswoman with the Georgia Department of Corrections in Atlanta.

Mr. Coble alerted other inmates to call prison guards because something was wrong with him medically, Ms. McCord said. A preliminary report indicates that he died from a pulmonary embolism, she said.

Gravesite services for Mr. Coble, which will be handled by Thomson Funeral System, are planned for Saturday at Hickory Tree Cemetery, near Thomson, beginning at 11 a.m.

He is survived by a wife, two sons, a daughter and a grandfather, as well as other relatives, said a spokesman at the funeral home.

Thomson Assistant Police Chief Jerry Stanphill, who investigated the homicide case of Mrs. Coble, said Tuesday that Mrs. Coble was beaten to death and her body placed in the trunk of a car in an attempt to hide the crime.

Before the murder, Mr. Coble and his mother had gotten into an argument at her Ellington Avenue home, Asst. Chief Stanphill said.

Web posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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