Pregnant murder suspect to incur big cost for county

In a year with an already-strained budget, the Callaway County Jail now faces the prospect of providing care for a pregnant inmate.

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane confirmed that Jacie K. Coari, 27 — who faces charges of two counts of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection to the Sept. 2 murders of Michael J. Wieberg and his daughter, Amanda Wieberg, and the subsequent arson of Michael Wieberg’s home in Auxvasse — is approximately 4 1/2 months pregnant.

The jail is legally required to ensure Coari gets all of the care she needs as an expecting mother.

“They have given me a rough estimate of $15,000-$20,000 for her pre-natal care and delivery,” Crane said, noting that estimate is only if there are no complications. “Every time she has a doctor’s visit, we have to provide transportation and have two people go with her.

“That’s quite a hit (on the budget) for one person.”

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