Coble's son recalls happy, bad childhood memories

Thursday, September 04, 2008
By Erin Quinn
Waco Tribune-Herald staff writer

Gordon Wayne Coble told jurors Wednesday that he has many happy childhood memories of fishing and playing football with his father, convicted triple-murderer Billie Wayne Coble.

But he also testified that one of his memories, from when he was 7, is of trying to pull his father away from beating his mother.

Gordon Wayne, 35, who was referred to in testimony as G.W., described his father as a man who’d “give the shirt off his back to anyone” and as someone who’s “never met a stranger.”

The defense rested its case Wednesday morning in the punishment retrial of Coble, 59, in Judge Matt Johnson’s 54th State District Court. In 1990, a McLennan County jury convicted Coble in the August 1989 deaths of Robert and Zelda Vicha and their son, Waco police Sgt. Bobby Vicha.

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