SIKESTON, Mo. — The third suspect in the murder of Larry Weaver, 66, of Pittsburg has been arrested.
According to a release from the Sikeston, Missouri, Department of Public Safety, Larenzle Coleman, 35 of Oakfield, Tennessee, was arrested this week after allegedly attempting to sell Weaver’s 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle.
He, along with two others, Ronnie Carl Robinson Sr., 49, of Sikeston, and Elsie M. Coleman, 40, of Little Rock, Arkansas, have been charged with first degree murder, first degree robbery, kidnapping and first degree tampering.
Weaver had arrived arrived in Sikeston on June 26 at approximately 8 p.m. After he arrived he contacted his wife and relayed to her he was OK and was planning on leaving Sikeston the next morning to return to his home in Pittsburg.
On the morning of June 27, Weaver’s hotel room door was found ajar and opened slightly by the cleaning crew but no report was made to local authorities.
On the morning of June 28, 2016 at approximately 6:30 a.m. the Pittsburg Police Department contacted the Sikeston Department of Public Safety and asked for officers to check the Days Inn for Weaver. Upon checking Weaver’s room and finding he was not there and his motorcycle was missing, Sikeston DPS detectives and the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators started investigating a missing person and the missing motorcycle. During the investigation surveillance video was gathered from several businesses in the area. The surveillance video showed a dark colored Chevrolet Avalanche pulling a single axle trailer into the parking lot on June 27 around 2:40 a.m. This same vehicle was seen leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed approximately 14 minutes later. Officers located a delivery driver who was making deliveries in the area just north of the hotel who also reported seeing the truck and trailer leaving at a high rate of speed.
According to the release, as the investigation started to unfold witnesses came forward reporting that Coleman was attempting to sell a motorcycle to individuals located in Howardville, Missouri. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle that was possibly involved in this incident was located in Charleston, Missouri. A walk around of the vehicle by investigators plainly showed visible blood evidence and at that time a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle which was parked at Larenzle Coleman’s mother’s residence in Charleston. A photograph of the Chevrolet Avalanche was shown to a witness and he positively identified it as the vehicle used to haul the motorcycle to Howardville, Missouri. This vehicle was registered to Elsie Coleman who is also a co-defendant in this crime.
On July 2, 2016 Weaver’s body was found just southwest of Sikeston in a cotton field. At this time investigators recovered Weaver’s body and released it to the New Madrid County Coroner for an autopsy to be performed.
According to the release, on Tuesday an autopsy was performed on Mr. Weaver by Dr. Russell Deidiker.
Deidiker noted that Mr. Weaver’s body had significant trauma to the head as well as several fractured ribs and other injuries consistent with a severe beating and his death was ruled a homicide.
On Wednesday a probable cause affidavit was submitted to the New Madrid County
All three suspects are in custody and are being held in lieu of $250,000 cash-only bond.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to contact Sikeston DPS at (573)471-4711 or a local law enforcement agency who can forward the information.