Pair Let Woman Die To Go Out For Pizza
May 2009 – Madison, WI
Mary Coleman died in May 2009, two days after she fell to the floor at her sister’s house, her sister and nephew decided there was nothing they could do about it and went out for pizza.
Veronica King and her son, Steven King, kept Coleman’s death a secret, hiding her body in the basement and then the garage of the house on Whenona Drive until Madison police found her mummified remains more than three months later.
Steven and Veronica King told police that Coleman had fallen down in a bedroom on May 7, 2009, then lay there, talking now and then, until her death. “I told her quite frankly to shut up because that old woman in the backyard” would call the police, Steven King told police.
After Coleman died, Veronica King told police, they didn’t call to have her body removed “because we had other things to do that day”
Veronica King of Madison, and Steven King of Evansville, were charged with first-degree reckless homicide, bank fraud, hiding a corpse and recklessly subjecting an individual at risk to abuse.
Veronica King withdrew cash and wrote checks from Coleman’s bank account, where Coleman’s pension and Social Security payments were automatically deposited. Steven King had mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, that went untreated.
On Aug. 15, 2009, Connie Downing, guardian for Veronica King, called police out of concern for Coleman, whom nobody had seen. Police smelled what they believe to be human remains at the Whenona Drive home and later found Coleman’s body, wrapped in plastic bags, in the garage.
Mary Coleman (70) 1606 Whenona Drive
Veronica King (71) 1606 Whenona Drive
Steven King (45)