By Holly Brantley - email
BERNIE, MO (KFVS) - A husband and wife face murder charges in the stabbing death of a Bernie man Monday night.
Allen D. McCoy and Angela F. McCoy each face first degree murder, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action charges.
The body of Aubury "Lee" Finch, 67, was found at a home at 413 Bowman Ave. on the southwest side of town around 9:30 Monday night.
"It appears the motive was robbery," said Sheriff Carl Hefner.
According to court documents, Allen McCoy, also known as Smurf, told at least four people that he stabbed "an old man in Bernie and robbed him."
"The witness called the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department," said Hefner. "They called us. We went to check it out and officers found Finch Monday evening. We were familiar with Allen McCoy."
According to court records, the witnesses say McCoy stole some items and took them to a storage building in Bernie. Witnesses also claim McCoy said he stole a rifle, shotgun which police found in the storage unit.
A witness told police McCoy burned some items in front of the home of the witness, according to the probable cause statement. Police found key's to Finch's home and Ford truck in an ash pile in front of the witness's home.
Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner says an autopsy is scheduled for later Wednesday morning in Farmington.
Meanwhile, family members say Finch was a peaceful man. Finch's nephew tells Heartland News the family never expected his uncle to die this way. He also says Finch knew the McCoys
"He was a great person. The best person," said Doug Flannery.
Flannery and others at the pool hall in Bernie say Finch was a regular there.
"He did not deserve this," said Flannery.
"I'll always remember him playing pool here," said Michael Fritts.
Fritts says he and Finch bonded because they were both veterans of Vietnam.
"He spent his mornings in here," he said. "We would often talk about Vietnam."
"It really angers me," said William Turnbow. "He would give you the shirt off his back."
According to friends, Finch had been robbed several times. Yet, they say he was still the kind of person that would open his door to you.
"I can't believe this had to happen in this community," said Flannery.
Finch had no children. He was not married. Friends and family say he will be missed.
No bond is set for the McCoys. They were taken to the Stoddard County jail facing first degree charges of murder, first degree robbery, and armed criminal action.