David Anthony Burns Wiki – David Anthony Burns Biography
According to David Anthony Burns Bio, Wiki, and Biography, He is a Louisiana man accused of killing teenage college student Courtney Coco, whose murder was featured on a true-crime podcast and on NBC’s Dateline.
The case went cold after Coco was found dead in 2004. But on April 13, 2021, police named Burns as a suspect and charged him with murder. Officials did not immediately share details about the evidence linking Burns to Coco.
He is 43-years-old.
Coco’s Body was Found
Coco’s mother, Stephanie Belgard, says she last saw her daughter on Friday, October 1, 2004. Belgard explained to Dateline that she and her husband had invited Coco to go camping with them that weekend. Coco declined but agreed to check in on her parents’ dogs while they were away.
Belgard said she received a call from an officer with the Alexandria Police Department that Monday. She was told that Coco’s body had been found in an abandoned building in Winnie, Texas. Winnie is about 200 miles away from where Coco lived in Alexandria, Louisiana. Officers found Coco’s high school graduation ring with the body.
Police said Coco’s body was only partially clothed when they found her and was already far along in the decomposition process. NBC News, citing police, reported that the state of Coco’s body suggested she had been dead for a few days by the time she was found.
A medical examiner could not determine Coco’s exact cause of death. But her death was ruled a homicide.
Police found Coco’s vehicle about a week later in Houston. Belgard told Dateline the car still has her daughter’s items inside, like her lab coat. Belgard said Coco worked at a dental office while majoring in criminal investigation at Northwestern State University.
Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell told NBC affiliate KALB-TV that a grand jury indicted Burns on a second-degree murder charge on April 13.
When asked whether officials had faced public pressure to make an arrest, Terrell responded, “We waited so long and worked so hard to get it to this point. It was an ancient case; the evidence was old. It’s a tough case. The Alexandria Police did a phenomenal job in staying the course and waiting until the appropriate time to make the arrest.”
Inmate records show Burns was arrested hours later and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. The document did not list a defense attorney who could speak on Burns’ behalf.
The Alexandria Police Department described Burns as 43-years-old on social media. But inmate records list his age as 45. The form includes a home address in Boyce, Louisiana.
A search of online records for Burns does not bring up prior arrests or charges. But the Rapides Parish Detention Center website includes a mugshot dated June 5, 2012.
Heavy reached out to the Alexandria Police Department to ask about why Burns was arrested and what he may have been charged with at that time. We were told to make public records request for that information and have not yet heard back.