Charles Coates Sentenced to 33 Years in Cousin’s Death

Judge William Jackson sentenced Charles Coates to 33 years in prison Friday for a 2011 shooting that killed Eddie A. Leonard Jr., Coates’ cousin. A jury found Coates guilty of second-degree murder and three related weapons charges in September. Prosecutors argued that Coates led Leonard to an alley behind the 400 block of 24th Street … Read more →

Juror Accused of Bias After Guilty Verdict for Charles Coates

A jury last month found Charles Monroe Coates guilty of second-degree murder and three related weapons charges in the February 2011 shooting death of his cousin, Eddie A. Leonard Jr. A hearing next week, though, to look into allegations that one of the jurors may have been biased may give Coates the chance for a … Read more →

Week Ahead

Each Friday, Homicide Watch brings you a list of upcoming hearings in the cases we follow. All hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To add an item to the listing, email homicidewatchdc [at] To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar. Monday Kevin Clark and Donald Crosland are … Read more →

Charles Coates Held in Shooting Death of Cousin, Eddie Leonard Jr.

A judge today found substantial probability that Charles Coates killed his younger cousin, possibly for $200 to help pay a cable bill. Judge Gerald Fisher made that decision after hearing testimony from an MPD homicide detective involved in the case and watching a 45-minute taped interview that Coates gave at police headquarters when he was … Read more →

Charles Coates Ordered Held in Death of Eddie Leonard Jr.

Charles Monroe Coates was ordered held today on suspicion of first degree murder in the shooting death of Eddie A. Leonard Jr. in a robbery behind a fastfood joint on Benning Road in Northeast D.C. Coates, who appeared in court this afternoon to be presented with the charge, shook his head from side to side … Read more →

Charles Coates Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Eddie Leonard Jr.

A 41-year-old Southeast D.C. man was arrested today on suspcion of killing Eddie Leonard Jr., 32, in Northeast D.C. in Febuary. MPD’s arrest warrant charges Charles Monroe Coates with first-degree murder while armed. No court date was available yet Thursday night. MPD’s press release follows the jump. Arrest Made in the Homicide in the 400 … Read more →

Charles Monroe Coates

  • Arrested: April 21, 2011
  • Age: 43
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Convicted by jury in the Feb. 20, 2011 death of Eddie A. Leonard Jr..