UPDATE: Couple charged in Auxvasse slayings extradited from Michigan

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 5:25 p.m. CDT; updated 3:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — Ryan and Jacie Coari, who are facing multiple murder charges in connection with the Sept. 1 Auxvasse slayings, were extradited Tuesday from Macomb County, Mich., to Callaway County.

Michael Wieberg and his daughter, Amanda Wieberg, were found dead Sept. 2 in Michael Wieberg’s burned down mobile home, according to previous Missourian reports.

Ryan Coari told investigators that his wife, Jacie Coari, dropped him off Sept. 1 near the victims’ home and that he shot Michael Wieberg with a .40-caliber handgun, according to court documents. 

He also told investigators that both victims were dead when he left the residence, that he started a fire there and that he later told his wife he had killed Michael and Amanda Wieberg, according to court documents. 

Ryan and Jacie Coari were arrested at the Warren, Mich., U-Haul store. They had gone to get a trailer for the truck they had rented in Missouri, said David Hermez, the customer service representative working at the store that day.

"Everything went normal, just like a normal rental, until I went to put his truck number in the computer. When I found out the truck was stolen, I started typing real slow," Hermez said.

"They heard (Hermez's boss) say the truck was stolen," Hermez said. "My boss kind of changed topics real fast. He said 'Oh, I'm sorry, I put the wrong truck number in.' Once he did that he came over and hit the silent alarm. That's when I knew something was wrong."

Hermez later found out that his boss had read in the notes under Jacie Coari's rental history that she was a suspect in a double homicide investigation.

Hermez told the Coaris he was going outside to get a number for a trailer and blocked off the truck they had rented in Missouri "so they couldn't go anywhere."

Hermez said Ryan Coari was calm while Hermez was trying to buy time by typing slowly and asking the same questions multiple times.

The Macomb Daily reported that the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges against Ryan and Jacie Coari relating to the stolen U-Haul truck so that they could be extradited to Missouri sooner.

Ryan Coari will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in the Callaway County courthouse, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of second-degree arson.

Jacie Coari will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Crane said. She is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery.

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