Coller waives right to preliminary hearing; case transferred
Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:02 AM
Patrick Coller, 43, of Delphos awaits the arrival of his court-appointed attorney Wednesday morning in Lima Municipal Court. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
LIMA — Patrick Coller, 43, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lima Municipal Court before Magistrate Richard Warren.
Coller faces a murder charge with a weapons specification in the death of 42-year-old Gerri Coller.
Coller appeared with his court-appointed attorney Jerry Pitts.
His case will be transferred to Allen County Common Pleas Court and is bond was continued at $1 million. The Grand Jury will meet to consider indicting Coller.
Allen County Assistant Prosecutor Jana Emerick appeared opposite Pitts.
The Delphos man is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife in a cornfield off Jones Road, east of Delphos.
According to Delphos Police reports, Patrick Coller went to the Delphos Police Department last Thursday evening and allegedly confessed to killing his wife in the cornfield earlier in the day. Officers took him into custody and then he went with officers to locate her body. He was reportedly very calm throughout his contact with officers.
Allen County Sheriff’s Detectives are handling the investigation. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the weapon believed to have been used by Coller to kill his wife Friday. According to a press release, the barrel of the gun was sawed off and an attempt had been made to remove the serial number. The release went on to say that although no report had been filed, it is believed the shotgun was stolen earlier by Coller.
Sheriff detectives are continuing the investigation.