Man charged in murder of 81-year-old veteran

Posted: 11:54 AM, Jul 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-20 11:57:23-04

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged 42-year-old Tywaun Tramel Coakley with the murder of an 81-year-old veteran.

Service to his country left Army Sgt. Robert Ybarra with burns and a glass eye, and the 81-year-old never stopped being there for those he thought could use his help.

But on the morning of July 17, Ybarra's kindness cost him his life.

Detroit Police say Ybarra stopped to help Tywaun Tramel Coakley who he thought was in distress inside a car on the side of the road. 

We're told Ybarra was on his way home from getting coffee and a donut around 9:30 a.m. when he stopped to help. 

Coakley is accused of trying to fight Ybarra before running over the 81-year-old war veteran with his car.

Ybarra survived a day before being taken off life support.

Coakley is facing charges that include Felony Murder, Manslaughter Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop at Accident Resulting in Death and Felonious Assault. 

His probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 27.