COLUMBIA – A Mexico couple is being held in a Michigan jail in connection with the Sept. 1 slayings of Michael and Amanda Wieberg in Auxvasse.
Michael Wieberg and his daughter, Amanda Wieberg, were found dead on Sept. 2 in Michael Wieberg’s burned-down mobile home, according to previous Missourian reports.
Autopsies showed Michael and Amanda Wieberg died from gunshot wounds before the fire. A .40 caliber bullet was taken from Amanda Wieberg’s body and spent shell casings were found outside Wieberg’s residence, according to probable cause statements for the suspects.
Ryan Coari, 28, and Jacie Coari, 27, both of 925 Garfield Ave. in Mexico, were detained in Michigan on warrant for not returning a U-Haul truck rented in Missouri. Investigators drove to Michigan to interview them because their names had turned up during the investigation of the Wieberg slayings, according to a Callaway County Sheriff's Department release.
Ryan Coari told investigators that on Sept. 1 his wife dropped him off near Wieberg’s home, and that he shot Michael Wieberg with a .40 caliber handgun.
He also said that both Amanda and Michael Wieberg were dead when he left the residence, and that he started a fire there, according to Ryan Coari’s probable cause statement. He also said he later told his wife he had killed both the victims, according to the statement.
Jacie Coari told investigators that her husband informed her of his plan to rob Wieberg’s residence. She said that on Sept. 1 she dropped him off down the road so he could rob Wieberg's home.
Jacie Coari said Ryan later told her he had bound and killed Amanda and Michael Wieberg, according to her probable cause statement.
Ryan Coari has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of second-degree arson. Jacie Coari has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery.
Jacie Coari’s *bond is set at $350,000 and Ryan Coari's bond is set at $500,000, according to the website of the sheriff's department in Macomb County, Michigan.