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Coats Testifies in Support of Bill to Allow Disinterment of Indianapolis Gunman



Indiana Senator Dan Coats testified before a Senate Committee Wednesday on behalf of a bill giving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries who have committed a Federal or State capital crime.

Specifically, the bill would give the VA the authority it needs to exhume the remains of Michael LaShawn Anderson, who shot and killed Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl.

Anderson is buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery despite current law, which prohibits persons who "have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death" from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery.