Husband arrested after 72-year-old wife’s body found in James City County

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. -- A 72-year-old woman was killed in a domestic dispute in James City County Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Officials said officers were called to a dispute in the 200 block of Sandy Bay Road at 3:30 p.m.

"Police arrived and found a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound," James City County Police Spokesperso Stephanie Williams said. "Medics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased before they were able to transport."

Robert Lee Coates

Robert Lee Coates

Police identified the victim as Irene Coates of James City County.

Police have charged the victim's husband, 75-year-old Robert Lee Coates, with her murder.

Coates faces second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges.

No additional details were available at last check.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here. If you are a victim of domestic violence, click here for resources from the Virginia Department of Social Services. 

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