Former North Central Florida Teacher Accused of Murder
GAINESVILLE - A retired North Central Florida teacher has been accused of murder in North Carolina, and some of his students say their first reaction to the news was - it couldn't have been him.
But the Sheriff's Department in Clay County, North Carolina says it was him - they have accused 71 year-old Matthew Coleman of murdering his wife, 65 year-old Sandra Stewart Coleman.
The couple lived primarily in Alachua County in northwest Gainesville, and neighbors said the couple had been vacationing in North Carolina for years.
Coleman taught at Trenton High School and then made his way to Buchholz High, where he taught drafting classes.
The Clay County Sheriff says that Coleman went to a neighbor's home and claimed he had just shot his wife and that they should call 911.
When police arrived, they found Stewart on the kitchen floor.
Coleman is being held in the Clay County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
That bond was recently reduced from $500,000 because in the state of North Carolina, an inmate's bond can be changed with each appearance before a judge.
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