Suspect committed to county jail
As a team of four city police officers led him off to the Lycoming County Prison late Friday night, 35-year-old Joseph S. Coleman did everything he could to shield his face from a photographer.
Arrested early Friday afternoon in Harrisburg on a warrant charging him with two counts of homicide and related offenses, Coleman, of 111 Parkwood St., used a piece of paper to keep his face covered as he was led out of the city police headquarters, where he was arraigned.
District Judge Jon Kemp read Coleman the charges he faces in the shooting deaths of Kristine Kibler, 50, and her son, Shane Wright, 25. The two were shot in their home at 613 Poplar St. about 9:50 p.m. on Oct. 31, police said.
Coleman’s capture was the culmination of an intense search that began very soon after the double shooting. Assisting city police was the local office of the U.S. Marshals Office along with the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department.
Coleman was apprehended without incident inside a Harrisburg home by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team.
“Williamsport police appreciate the cooperation and professionalism of all agencies involved, and we look forward to those same coordinated efforts in the future,” Capt. Don Mayes said late Friday night shortly after Coleman was brought back here by two agents.
Coleman was automatically jailed since a district judge can’t set bail in homicide cases. Already incarcerated on the same charges is Coleman’s alleged co-defendant, Jordan A. Rawls, 24, of 1029 Race St. He turned himself in to city police on Nov. 4.
Police said Kibler and Wright were killed during a home invasion robbery in which Coleman and Rawls, both armed with handguns, allegedly went into the home with the intent of stealing drugs and money from Wright.