Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 6, 2014
Court reduces bail to $5K for Coffey

$1M bail still applies for man charged with murder of Stansbury student 

Roy Gene Coffey

Roy Gene Coffey

Bail was reduced Monday for one of the two men police say were involved in the murder of a well-liked Stansbury High School student.

Roy Coffey, 18, had his bail reduced from $50,000 to $5,000 in 3rd District Court Monday morning. Coffey will also have to wear a GPS tracking monitor should he be bailed out of jail and have no new violations.

Coffey faces one charge for obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, for allegedly assisting his cousin, 20-year-old Larry Beach of San Antonio, Texas, after Beach allegedly stabbed 17-year-old Jesse Horowitz on April 26.

The bail for Beach, set at $1 million, was not reduced. He was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, last week.

Horowitz and Beach were both part of a group gathered at Stansbury Elementary School to watch a fight between Coffey and another teen, who had disagreed about a girl, according to the Tooele County Attorney’s Office.

After the fight, Beach and Horowitz, who was reportedly supporting the other boy, began exchanging words, said Lt. Travis Scharmann of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. From witness accounts, though, Scharmann said, Horowitz wasn’t looking for a fight of his own.

“All [Horowitz] did was there was some lipping off during the fight, and that’s when he and Mr. Beach got into it,” Scharmann said. “But from what we’ve gathered, Horowitz showed up late for the whole thing, so he wasn’t there to fight originally.”

Horowitz, a senior who would have graduated this month, was stabbed multiple times in his abdomen, and died at the scene.

Coffey is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 24. Beach, who was charged with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice, will next appear on June 3. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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