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Charge Reduction Upsets Victim's Family

Updated: July 20, 2013 10:24 PM
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A local family said Saturday it's disgusted with the Scott County Attorney's decision to reduce the charges in the shooting death of 25-year-old Amanda Abbott.

Albert Coats, 22, of Davenport is accused of shooting and killing Abbott in her Davenport home on June 22. He was initially charged with second degree murder, but the Scott County Attorney says the evidence doesn't support that charge.

Now, Coats is facing a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Abbott's family members said, in their eyes, Coats is literally getting away with murder.

But, authorities say that based on eyewitness testimonies, there isn't enough evidence to prove Coats meant to kill Abbott.

The victim's family members say Coats was a former boyfriend of Abbott's, and they say those eyewitnesses are friends of both Coats and Abbott. They say they suspect the witnesses may be trying to protect Coats and feel authorities need to investigate further:

"All he's getting is a slap on the hand for killing my granddaughter and now I'll never see her again," said Candy Osborn, Amanda Abbott's grandmother.

"This guy is getting out soon and can see his family. I can't see my daughter. And he took two people away from me because of a stupid thing he did," said Abbot's mother, Robbin Foster.

Abbott's mother said Coats took away two people from her because Abbott had a five-year-old daughter who went to live with her father in San Diego after her mother was killed.

Family members said Destiny heard the gun shots and saw her mom after she was shot.

Abbott's family said it feels helpless and hopes sharing her story will bring justice to her and her family.

Meanwhile, authorities have maintained the other charges that were filed against Coats after the shooting.

He is still being charged with third-degree burglary and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm -  a class D felony.