Appeal denied for man convicted of killing White Co., IL couple

Appeal denied for man convicted of killing White Co., IL couple

MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) - 14 News has learned that an appeal for convicted killer Danny Coston has been denied.

The White County man is currently serving a 53-year sentence for gunning down Jessica Evans and Jacob Wheeler.

Their bodies were found in a remote area of the county near the little Wabash River in August 2012.

Oral arguments were heard last August before the 5th District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Defense attorneys argued that Coston didn't know if he was in custody when he was being questioned and he didn't voluntarily waive his Miranda rights.

The state argued that the law was followed and Coston's confession was voluntary.  

The appellate court denied Coston's appeal Friday.

The White County State's Attorney, Denton Aud, released the following statement:

"I am pleased and in complete agreement with the decision of the Appellate Court to affirm Coston's conviction. The Court's ruling affirms the investigation by Sheriff Doug Maier, his department, and the Illinois State Police, as well as the decisions made in resolving the case with a result of Coston being sentenced to what amounts to a life sentence for his brutal and heinous acts. Most importantly, the Court has affirmed justice for Jessi and Jake and their families. All of us should say an extra prayer to God for their comfort at this time as we hold onto our own loved ones."

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