Man's body found in Roane Co., homici...

Man's body found in Roane Co., homicide investigation follows

There are 120 comments on the WATE-TV Knoxville story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Man's body found in Roane Co., homicide investigation follows. In it, WATE-TV Knoxville reports that:

“It appeared that he was probably shot at the scene and the person has probably just sped away in a vehicle instantly”

The Roane County Sheriff's Department is investigating a homicide after a man's body was found with a gunshot wound. via WATE-TV Knoxville

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confused

Caryville, TN

#1 Oct 26, 2007
just wanted u guys to know u all are still in our hearts.
Long Time Friend

Wartburg, TN

#2 Sep 27, 2008
To the Family of Boone: You are still in my prayers and I think of Boone often. I hope the person or persons who done this are caught and I hope the law is still investigating. R.I.P. Boone I Miss You Buddy...
holycorruption

Dickson, TN

#3 Oct 25, 2009
Did they ever find out who killed this man?
Friend

Fort Campbell, TN

#4 Oct 25, 2009
Boone had been back in church before they killed him and he wouldn't even allow people to cuss around him, he also wasn't kidding himself he knew he was going to prison and was going to die there.
O'neil wasn't the only one involved I hope they charge the rest of them.
holycorruption

Dickson, TN

#5 Oct 25, 2009
why is it taking so long for charges to be filed?
look dont touch

Robbins, TN

#6 Oct 26, 2009
Friend wrote:
Boone had been back in church before they killed him and he wouldn't even allow people to cuss around him, he also wasn't kidding himself he knew he was going to prison and was going to die there.
O'neil wasn't the only one involved I hope they charge the rest of them.
Has there been arrest in Boone's case? I hope so. This O'Neil, who is he and where is he from, I had never heard his name before. But I sure hope there will be justice for Boone. R.I.P. Boone, We miss you and think of you often.
wondering

Murfreesboro, TN

#7 Nov 4, 2009
Friend wrote:
Boone had been back in church before they killed him and he wouldn't even allow people to cuss around him, he also wasn't kidding himself he knew he was going to prison and was going to die there.
O'neil wasn't the only one involved I hope they charge the rest of them.
Who is this O'neil guy? and how many were involved?
wondering

Murfreesboro, TN

#8 Nov 28, 2009
Has anyone heard anything? Has anyone been charged?
wondering

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Apr 6, 2010
Has anyone heard anything?
ONE4JUSTICE

Dillon, SC

#10 Apr 12, 2010
They may never solve this case with the clowns investigating it. You may want to seek outside help to solve this case. We are talking about Roane County Law under the leadership of one of the worst Sheriffs we have ever had. My heart goes to all those hurt by this murder and I do hope it is solved. God bless.
just for your info

Murfreesboro, TN

#11 May 12, 2010
This was on RCSD web site..

Drug Investigation Leads to Murder Indictment
On June 10, 2009 a Roane County Grand Jury returned a one-count indictment for First Degree Murder on Ralph Thurston O’Neal III in the execution-style killing of Ronnie “Boone” Cofer in August of 2007. As the result of a Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Harriman Police Department, FBI and DEA drug investigation O’Neal and several associates were charged in a multi-count federal drug conspiracy case involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Eastern District of Tennessee. The drug conspiracy case uncovered a network, headed locally by O’Neal, where cocaine and was brought to Tennessee via Georgia, Texas and California and distributed in Roane, Anderson and Knox County. Leads generated in the drug investigation were followed up by Roane County Detectives and the TBI. During the investigations it was determined that Cofer and O’Neal were long time associates in O’Neal’s drug business and that Cofer was killed in order to protect O’Neal’s drug operation. O’Neal is currently being held by the US Marshal Service awaiting trial on his federal charges.
anonamoose

West Chester, PA

#12 May 18, 2010
Drug probe leads to murder indictment:
http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x702344509...

"According to a Roane County Sheriff's Department press release, Sheriff's detectives and TBI agents followed leads generated from the drug investigation. During those investigations, they determined that Cofer and O'Neal were long time associates in O'Neal's drug business, and that Cofer was killed in order to protect O'Neal's drug operation.

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said specific information about the murder of Cofer would not be released, and some aspects of the case are still being investigated.

O'Neal is currently being held in the Blount County jail by the U.S. Marshal Service awaiting trial on his federal charges.

O'Neal will be sentenced on June 30, 2010 in Knoxville.
anonamoose

West Chester, PA

#13 May 18, 2010
just passin thru

Nashville, TN

#14 Aug 6, 2010
Look at Lonnie Wright
daughter

United States

#15 Apr 18, 2011
Boone was my dad and me and my mom are still thinking about him. We miss him so much. We really don't think 0 neil did it;that the police force just needed someone to blame. Thnx for your prayers and concerns.
seenit

Lenoir City, TN

#16 Apr 18, 2011
Why do you not think he did it?
anonamoose

Bradford, PA

#17 Apr 19, 2011
It says in the article:
"It was determined that Cofer and O’Neal were long time associates in O’Neal’s drug business and that Cofer was killed in order to protect O’Neal’s drug operation. "
He is not guilty

Elizabethton, TN

#18 Jun 24, 2011
Look for the name "Omega" on page 11 of another posting regarding this matter. Read the exchange between "Omega" and "Down in Roan County" Really pay attention to how "Omega" is responding. Ask yourself, who does Omega work for? Who is he defending and why did he feel the need to do so? Then look at the way "Omega" attempts to want to lure "Down in Roane County" into the police department on one hand while discrediting "Down in Roane County" on the other. This is a little reading project for intelligent people who can read between the lines and figure out what someone's agenda really is and what it is that their communications reveal. My opinion... well I think "Omega" works for the police department and knows who is responsible for the murder of Ronnie "Boone" Cofer. I also believe this was pinned on Ralph O'Neil to pacify the locals and the family with some false belief that the police have done their job. I also believe that the police know for a fact that Ralph O'Neil did not commit this murder nor is he a member of a major drug ring. Clearly, the drug trafficking in TN is for the profit of law enforcement, and an occasional arrest to pin it on others is needed as part of the cover-up. This corruption in TN, especially in Roane and Monroe County is beyond the pale. Exposure of this on websites such as this one and letters to Washington are the only way this corruption is going to stop.
Have courage to stand up

Elizabethton, TN

#19 Jun 24, 2011
I encourage all locals in Roane and Monroe County to expose what you now about police and judicial corruption of this website. Do not be afraid of them. They are taking your liberties away one citizen at a time. The next time it could be you or your loved ones. Trust me, they count on you being afraid and intimidated by their power. But "in numbers" they wlll crumble when everyone has enough courage to speak out against their mockery of our U.S. Constitution while we have boots on the ground in foreign lands fighting for freedom. Hell, we are loosing our freedom right her in Corrupt, TN. This is not the state you want you children to live in. Therefore, expose the corruption until it can live in secret no more.
want answers

Oakdale, TN

#20 Jul 1, 2011
Omega = investigator on the case? Seems likely....

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