Mom Arraigned On Charges She Murdered 2 Kids

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

Gail Lynn Coontz is accused of shooting and killing her two children, ages 14 and 11, before holding a counselor hostage at the University of Louisville.

Coontz, a widow and student at U of L, was charged by Louisville police with two counts of murder, and by University police with terroristic threatening.

Neighbor Patty Schneider said she found the news hard to believe because Coontz was an excellent mother to her kids.
Both principals at the children's schools, also reacted by saying they were shocked and confused by what could drive a mother, to kill her own.

Prosecutors say there is a possibility this may be treated as a capital case, which means Coontz could face the death penalty.

Coontz bond was set at $500,000.


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  • by kathy Location: harlan ky on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:46 PM
    i just can;t understand why a woman would kill her childern .i fell really sorry for rest of the family members .
  • by jessica Location: stanton on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    How can a mother shoot her own children. There is no excuse for that, i dont care if you do have problems, those are your kids your own flesh and blood why shoot them?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    they will put her in a nut house for bout 3 years let her out sign her up on ssi and a state card to get pills..you watch and see if im not right. they will say shes got bad nerves and sign her up on a check. when she should be in prison for the rest of her life with hard labor.but i know how it will turn out...now i rest my case
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Mar 31, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Why is all I want to know.
  • by "Cunfused" Location: Magoffin County on Mar 31, 2008 at 03:09 AM
    Does anyone else find it odd how a woman can kill her own Children or Husband, and at the time she's "Insane", but as soon as it's over with, she's her old self again? Let Me get this straight--the only time she doesn't know what she's doing is when she's doing the killing, right? Sounds like BOLOGNA to me!
  • by Joe Blow Location: Everywhere on Mar 30, 2008 at 04:58 AM
    I think we should all sit back in our houses and judge this woman. It is the christian thing to do. Heather honey, read your statements before you post them. That was not english.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    well my self i think its drugs that does it.or have a big part in it. i guess god is calling his kids home. bad way to go but im sure they with god, sad story
  • by James Location: Magoffin on Mar 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    This woman shoots and kills her own two kids and her bond set at only half of what a man in Hamilton, Ohio is for 'stealing $21.00' and that was way back in 1990? What on earth is going on with so called justice in this country?
  • by jake Location: richmond on Mar 29, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    she needs to die for that.. no doubt no excuses no long trail with lawyers lieing and blaming other people, this is ridiculous she is evil and has no business in our society...
  • by candice Location: floyd county on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I think that the mother who killed her kids should get the deth penalty if not that way I think she should be done the same way she done her kids what is this world coming to for god sake if she did not love them or want them she could of gave them up to someone else that would love tham and give them A chance to experince A life. But now the poor kids will not have A chance to experince life.
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