Anton Coleman murder trial continued due to COVID-19

By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
Posted: June 11, 2020 | 2:38 p.m.

Jury trials across Virginia suspended due to virus’ spread

DINWIDDIE – The spread of novel coronavirus across Virginia and the state supreme court’s emergency declaration resulted in the second trial of the man accused of allegedly killing a Dinwiddie County teenager.

According to court records, the planned seven-day, second-degree murder trial of Anton Coleman, set for May 28, was continued as COVID-19 forces a continued prohibition on jury trials following the declaration of a judicial emergency in late March.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for mid-July in Dinwiddie County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors allege Coleman is the man responsible for the death of Dinwiddie County teenager Ke’Asia Adkins during the summer of 2018. At that time, Adkins was reported missing by her family when she failed to show up for cheerleading practice at Dinwiddie High School.

Following vigils and extensive searches, authorities would discover Adkins’s body in a wooded area behind her North Dinwiddie home days after she was reported missing. Within hours, Dinwiddie County detectives would arrest and charge Coleman with abduction, with a grand jury later indicting the man on first-degree murder charges. The charge would later be upgraded to capital murder.

Over the course of 2019, prosecutors and Coleman’s defense would take part in a number of hearings, including those that evaluated the Alberta man’s mental state before eventually heading to trial in early 2020.

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