Eric Coulter Claims He Accidentally Shot Former Girlfriend in the Face

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Eric Coulter, 18, fatally shot his former girlfriend in the face early Saturday morning. According to Coulter, it was an accident, which police find highly unlikely for a number of reasons.

For starters, his explanation of how the gun "accidentally" went off makes no sense. Then there's the fact that the victim, 19-year-old Monique Cota, had recently broken off the nearly three-year relationship and had since gotten engaged to another man. Not to mention, the two have a history of beating each other up.

According to court douments obtained by New Times, Cota was in Coulter's bedroom in his parents' home at 622 North Mckemy Avenue in Chandler about 1:10 a.m. Saturday, where Coulter allegedly shot her in the face.

Prior to going to Coulter's house, Cota had been at the home of a friend when she received a phone call, presumably from Coulter. She left the friend's house in a hurry without saying who had just called her.

After the shooting, Coulter burst out of the room and told his family that he'd killed his former girlfriend.

"It was an accident. I killed Monique. I killed Monique," Coulter told his father and sister after shooting Cota. "I shot her in the head. I'm going to jail."

Coulter's family claims he then ran out of the house.

After Coulter left, police later determined, his family tried to cover up the crime scene. According to police, his sister, Melissa Smith, took several firearms out of Coulter's room and hid them in a neighbor's bush.

She then tracked down Coulter and took him to a Motel 6 in Mesa.

While at the motel, Coulter and his sister watched the media coverage of the shooting and discussed what had happened. Coulter told his sister he was "inspecting the gun," an AR-15/M16 rifle, when he pulled the charging handle and bolt back several times to show Cota that it was empty. According to Coulter, as he was doing this, the gun discharged, and Cota ended up with a bullet in her face.

Police, however, say the story "doesn't seem feasible" because "cycling the bolt would extract the cartridge and not cause it to fire.

In addition to the story about the gun's accidental discharge, Coulter and Cota have a history of domestic violence that Cota told her mother was growing increasingly violent.

In October of last year, the two were each arrested for domestic violence disorderly conduct  after they got into a fight at Coulter's parents' house.

About a month ago, following another fight, Cota got a text message from Coulter telling her not to drive her car. She drove it anyway -- and it broke down. To repair it, Cota had to get a new engine. She later found out Coulter had tampered with it.

After the incident with the car, Cota told her mother her relationship with Coulter was over for good. She made arrangements to move to California, and got a job at a Domino's pizza restaurant. She'd also rekindled a relationship with a former boyfriend, and the two became engaged on Thursday.

Police found Coulter at the Motel 6 about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. His sister and brother, John Coulter, were also in the motel. John Coulter, police discovered when they entered the motel, was in posession of two fake New York identification cards with his brother's picture on them, $2,000 in cash, and some marijuana

All three were arrested.

Smith was booked on one count each of hindering prosecution, obstructing a criminal investigation and tampering with evidence.

John Coulter was booked on one count each of marijuana possession and forgery.

Eric Coulter was hit with one count each of second-degree murder, and manslaughter. He's being held on a $1 million bond.
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RoxasC08
RoxasC08

Wow guys. creating drama and stories that haven't even been proven as truth. I read all these comments saying Monique came to his house to have sex with the man she was engaged to and trying to run away from. Fact is fact. Eric was stupid enough to aim the gun at Monique. Whether he did it on accident or on purpose, he DESERVES life in jail. Just because all of you guys think you know the two, you don't. Shoot, I don't know the two as much but I worked with Monique and we talked a lot and protected each other from all the people who talked behind our backs. But i didn't know her like a best friend. Fact is she was being abused, and she beat him up POSSIBLY from the abuse him inflicted on her BUT NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW WHY. Eric called Monique and she ran out of her friend's house to his house for something urgent. THAT IS FACT. Eric played around with Monique car engine, which has been PROVEN to be meant to explode and Eric called Monique to not go inside the car. He confessed to the engine incident. She left the guy and it is FACT that he was following her. Monique was scared because he said that no matter if she broke up with him, he would not allow the separation. And Marleana, it's obvious you choose eric's innocent story, so don't suddenly try and tell people that no one has the right to portray each individual as completely innocent when you yourself express your opinion of his innocence. You may "know" Eric and others may "know" monique, but NO ONE knows the truth of another man's heart. Only I know my limits, my frustrations, my capabilities, etc; they are things that my friends, even my best friends know little about. So quit saying that he never purposely pointed the gun at Monique as a message of I'm gonna shoot you" because you know NOTHING. Their relationship sucked and she was trapped like most girl's who are stuck in abusive relationships. It's really hard to just leave, even though you think it would be easy. I remember her as the sweetest girl I met at Fry's, and I remember him as the asshole who gave be a death glare because I gave Monique Nightmare Before Christmas posters and she hugged me as a thank you. And he sped down the neighborhood street like an idiot. You can just say kids are kids, people. I don't own a gun, nor do I play with them so you can't say every boy plays with guns. You can't say everyone smokes and drinks as I definitely don't and don't care to. And you can't use these stupid allegations to prove a point because they are not reasons, they are pathetic excuses to try and make yourselves feel better for befriending a guy who took the life of an innocent girl. Why is she innocent? She may not do all the best things and may have hung around the wrong people which made her image as a bad person, but we all can't say we haven't done stupid things...so we are all the same level of bad. But she never pointed a gun at him and followed him everywhere like eric did. He hit her, she hit him. He killed her, and he deserves prison. Kids are kids is no reason to pass a MURDER as excusable. Shame on you all for being so ridiculously stupid. He may have been nice, and you my have known him. But accident or not, he is a murderer. He gets what he deserves. He had it coming to him. I would not help my siblings get away with murder. And his entire family has been proven to be all FUCKED UP IN THE HEAD. FACT is FACT! X.O.X.O Roxas

momo's sister
momo's sister

i don't know who reads these but please fix it, i am moniques sister, first of all she was only 18, not 19. get your facts right before you write a story

Gadfggv
Gadfggv

all u niggas need to mind your own buizness

Heather
Heather

I am sorry that Monique passed. My condolences go out to her family. I knew both of them very well, they have both stayed with me together, partied with me, and so on. For everyone talking shit and saying they knew this person or that person.. that is wonderful. HOWEVER, nobody was there to know exactly what happened and you are not a prosecutor, judge, nor CSI. Neither Eric nor Monique were innocent.. they were both on drugs and doing stupid shit. I will agree that Eric did presume himself to run afterwards with him having fake ids and money and for the people who say otherwise are just plane brain dead. Monique has been in a few relationships to where they hit each other and I will say that both of them fight each other.. she swings at him and he swings at her. Yes it is wrong for a guy to hit a girl, but they are both in the wrong for that... Monique did not just sit there and let him beat on her like everyone says.. she would swing at him first at times. What I think is more funny is how most of the people posting on this are hiding their identity.. Why is it that you can talk so much shit and put people down, but you can't let people know who you are?

I know that Monique's death is a tragedy and that it should not happen to anyone, but whoever "someone who loves monique cota" is... you really we're not there and you obviously did not know them as well as you think you do. For the people talking down on Monique.. you must really be worthless to sit there and talk down about someone who has passed.. Monique wasn't perfect, but nobody is. They were both young, dumb, and did not know what they were doing.

Twoforgirndin
Twoforgirndin

fuk that dumb hoe she was a fuking crack head and eric accident shot her he wasnt that dumb to kill her in his own house u fuking idiots think before you talk

heather
heather

They've been together for over a year...

RIP MOMO
RIP MOMO

FUCKING ASSHOLE I KNEW HIM SINCE JR. HIGH, HES FROM PHILADELPHIA...I KNOW, I CAN SAY THAT I GREW UP WITH HIM. WHEN HE WAS NEW, I WAS FUCKING THERE FROM CHILLING AT MCDONALDS AS KIDS TO SMOKING AND DRINKING, I CAN THAT GROWING UP WITH HIM. all you guys are fucking idiots NO MATTER what she did...did he REALLY have to go this far?!?!?! and you guys tryna say otherwise, backing his ass up LOL his ass is going to prison...END OF STORY. 

Gamesallday
Gamesallday

He didnt go that far. She wnet to his house to fuck!!!! They where playing and an unthinkable thing went wrong. He was not in a rage, she was not in a rage they where laughing and playin (per the other people in the hous) and just being crazy drunk kids!!There is so much you think you know , but you are wrong. Hope your ok in there ERIC

Rickaliss1972
Rickaliss1972

eric is o.k.  for all of you that dont know, i just got out of jail and eric was my cellmate for the 2 weeks that i was in there. i know that eric never ment to pull that trigger he loved that girl and still does. it was an accident !!!  he cries him self to sleep allmost every night cuz of this . all you people can believe what you want, but i know what really happened .

jesuschristyouareamoron
jesuschristyouareamoron

You're like the kind of girl who becomes pen pals with serial killers. Seriously, why don't you just start writing your friend Eric some nice letters while he's in prison. If you're lucky, when he gets out he might make you his special punching bag next!

jesuschristyoupeoplearemorons
jesuschristyoupeoplearemorons

You're obviously really smart so everyone here should really listen to what you have to say. It's not like you're a functionally illiterate moron who assumes everyone is as deeply stupid as you are.

Marleana
Marleana

O Get over yourself. You have to come here and try to make others feel as low of a person as you are? Ok so you think he did it and I dont think thats how it played out. The truth will come out in court. The TEXTS the toxicology and so much more.

Someone
Someone

This low life piece of shit lured Monique to his house with the intent to murder her...this was premeditated murder and should be charged as such; this should be a death penalty case, and I'm quite sure as all the evidence is uncovered, the charge will be upgraded to FIRST DEGREE MURDER, with special circumstances.  No one will ever know what this waste of oxygen said to Monique that would result in her arriving at his house in the middle of the night.  No one will ever know why Monique trusted this piece of shit, after all of the abuse, to answer his call and then drive to his house...this was an AMBUSH.  As for his family members who aided and abetted this criminal?  They will be charged and convicted accordingly and spend their well-deserved time in prison for doing so.  For those of you who are obviously in serious denial about what took place in that house, grow the hell up, start learning how to take responsibility for your own actions, and hold others accountable for theirs, instead of making lame-ass excuses for someone who has spent his entire lifetime living with an anger management problem, not being held accountable for his actions by people who live their lives the same way.  It's no wonder this no good, god damned piece of shit turned out the way he did, considering what his family did to cover up this premeditated slaughter of Monique committed by an out-of-control, bipolar psychopath.

Gamesallday
Gamesallday

It is very sad that before she passed you did not stand up and say all this!! If you new her at all you new she had no place to live and was a pill popper! Where wher you at during this time?? Its sad that you cant come down off your high horse and not take others opinion, but feel its ok to put yours out there! For any one to come here and not let  know her be known for what she was and post all this about him is wrong!

FerdwithMullet
FerdwithMullet

I hope Eric likes sucking cock and swallowing man juice.

Mutumbo
Mutumbo

Eric, don't drop the soap bro.

Derkg
Derkg

have fun in prison you looser. watch your back !

Terri
Terri

My daughter was very good friends with Monique.  I had the pleasure of having her stay 1 night in my home a few years ago.  She was a beautiful girl and to the parents I'm so sorry for your loss.  I have 4 daughters of my own and I can't even imagine the pain you must feel.  My heart goes out to you.

Someone who loves Monique Cota
Someone who loves Monique Cota

You bunch of hateful, evil people.  You don't know this girl do not talk about her.  She was a sweet girl that everyone loved and he is a lying piece of crap loser murderer.  Don't talk about things you don't know about.  Who would be showing someone that a gun is empty while pointing it at her face.  Get a life and keep your stupid opinions to yourself.  You are only showing your ignorance by talking about someone who was murdered.  She was trying to get away from him.  It's hard enough for an adult to get away from an abuse relationship let alone a young girl.  Instead of talking bad about her show some sympathy and pray this never happens to anyone that you love.  She deserved so much better and to live a full happy life and not have some POS loser take her life away. 

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

i AM VERY SORRY THIS HAPP BUT IF IT WAS NOT WITH INTENT WHY TAKE ERICS LIFE TO!!! HE LOVED HER LOOK BACK. i THINK hE RAN BECAUSE HE IS SCARED 18 YEAR OLD BOY  AND YOU CANT BLAME THE FAM FOR HELPING A LOVED ONE IN TIME OF NEED. YOU THINK BY LASHING OUT AT ERIC sHE WILL COME BACK? THE TWO OF THEM SPENT ALOT OF TIME TOGATHER AND NNO ONE KNOWS WHAT WAS INTHERE RELATIONSHIP ITS ALL HERE SAY.....

Someone who Loves Monique Cota
Someone who Loves Monique Cota

You obviously don't know Eric or Monique the way you say you do.  I personally know both of them and know for a fact that Eric is capable of doing this.  I spent most of the time they were together with them.  He may have loved her in the beginning but the last few months weren't love.  He was obsessed with her.  When you love someone you don't beat them, you don't destroy their property and you sure the hell don't put a gun to their head and say I'm going to kill you.  Yes he did all these things whether you want to face it or not.  Also you saying why was she there at 1am when she was engaged to another man.  You have no idea what he called and told her to lure her there.  Monique was such a good person that even though he hurt and abused her she wouldn't have wanted to hurt him.  If it was an accident and he really loved her the way you say he did he would have called 911 stayed by her side and waited for the police.  As far as his family helping him I have to disagree with you.  I wouldn't help anyone commit or get away with murder.  I'm sure Eric does need to see a Dr because the guilt of what he did is probably eating him alive.  He will have to live with the image and memory of that night for the rest of his life.  It will haunt him 24/7.  He did this to himself no one did this to him.  He isn't the victim here Monique is the victim.  A scared 18 year old boy really?  Was he scared when he was beating her?  Was he scared when he was waving his gun around like a man making threats?  He was man enough have all those guns he should man up and take his punishment like a real man.  

HEACTERA
HEACTERA

What you are saying is not true crimes of passion are never thought out, he was upset in that moment, most men that beat their girlfriend and kill them dont beat them with the intent to kill them just to show them their role. This was a crime of passion and his family did what anyone else would do. If it was your son or brother or sister you would help them any way possible everyone of you would. What he did he will be punished for but the death penalty is not the answer. You contradict yourself completely in your own statement. You say he thought it out then not even 5 sentences later you say its all about control or passion and he ran. The only person with their "head up their ass" is you and that statement alone made your uneducated opinion even worse. What happened is a tragedy but trashing the situation on the internet shows nothing but disrespect for the dead person and for the family involved. Before you flip off at the mouth with your ignorant comments and contradictions do your research. Court TV isn't exactly a reliable source is it? She chose to go over his house he chose to end her life. You or anyone else does not know why or what happened. Seriously educate yourself before you make another comment.

Someone
Someone

Honey, for someone who "loved Monique" you've got your own head right up your ass.  this was premeditated...why else would this ass hole lure her, LURE her to his house...for a cup of tea?  I think not.  Abusers see their girlfriends, ex-girlfriends as property.  If he couldn't have her, no one else would have her.  Don't you get it.  This piece of shit set her up, ambushed her, pointed a rifle in her direction, with the intent on killing her, and aimed very carefully before pulling the trigger.  He blew her brains out...plain and simple.  Then fled the scene with the assistance of dumb ass family members.  HE RAN.  He's a chicken shit, cowardly ass hole.  These are exactly the types of men who abuse and then murder.  This was not an accident...this was plain, simply, unadulterated, Murder One.  It's all about control and possession.  He DID get so angry as to murder her, and then he ran.  There is only one victim here and that is Monique...get it straight.  Monique hit him?  This is called SELF DEFENSE.  You need to start tuning in to Court TV and get an education.  Until then...there is only one side to this twisted story.  The piece of shit manipulated Monique to get her to come to his house, he got here alone, pulled out his rifle, pointed it at her face and pulled the fucking trigger.  There is  no more...there is no less.  Yes, everyone has some level of anger...most of us know how to control that anger and behave as civilized human beings...unlike this bastard and his family.  This story is also about a family legacy of rage, uncontrolled rage and abuse, that began long before this son of a bitch pulled the trigger.

Proudmommy427
Proudmommy427

I am not on any side here but I do want to say that the possibility of the gun misfiring is there. If the gun was loaded, You are all acting like children making this drama up and disrespecting the families and related parties. None of you were there. She made the decision to go see him at 1am and what happened happened. He is in jail and she lost her life due to poor decisions on both of their ends. Both of their lives are over he will not get away with murder and her life will not be in vein. Grow up and stop with drama if you were all so close to her or him you wouldnt be arguing over the internet you would be grieving. My heart goes out to the families may god be with you all.

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

AS I SIT AND THINK I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I AM SORRY I CAN NOT COME TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HE DID THIS WANTING TO HARM. I SIT AND SAY PEOPLE WOULD DO THIS AND KEEP TELLING MY SELF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. I AM SORRY IF I AM WRONG I JUST CANT FACE THAT A PERSON WOULD DO THIS TO ANOTHER. I WANT TO BELIVE IT WAS WITH NO INTENT BUT DONT THINK HE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE GUN OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO  I DO THINK HE SHOULD BE HELD FOR THAT. I WOULD NEVER WISH THIS UPON ANY ONE OR THERE FAMILY

Gamesallday
Gamesallday

You did'nt know everything so stop acting like you where there.

Someone who loves Monique Cota
Someone who loves Monique Cota

Everyone needs someone to believe in them.  For example Oj, Charles Manson and Casey Anthony all had at least one person who believed them.  Now Eric has you.

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

in this time for the fam and i should have just stayed out of it!!!!!!!

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

I just dont want no one to be hurt by my words as i think words hurt very bad

Gamesallday
Gamesallday

Screw em all.... You can say anything you want. Even if you are wrong!

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

infact if you know how to delet these postings I will take mine down, just let me know

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

i am sorry for your loss and I will keep my thoughts to myself. No one has the right to call any one names and I was not on here tying to make any one look bad or put the blame off on any one.

Coyote_dan
Coyote_dan

The more prison time the better.

Someone who loves Monique Cota
Someone who loves Monique Cota

She was defending herself when she hit him.  I never had any anger towards Eric but his story doesn't add up.  You can try and convince yourself and everyone else that he is innocent or that Monique wasn't innocent but the bottom line is whether intentional or not he took her life from her.  He's alive she will never be alive again.  She doesn't get a second chance to make things right with her life.  She will never get married, grow old or have children.  He and he alone took that from her whether he intended to or not.  No one shows anyone that a gun isn't loaded by pointing it at their face.  She's not on trial here he is.  Unless you are his immediate family you really don't know him.  You never know anyone until you live with them.  Feel free to believe in him he will let you down just like he has everyone else in his life.  He will be sent to prison no matter what and nothing you or his family say or do will change that.  2nd degree murder = prison time.

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

aGAIN i AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS BUT SHE WAS NOT SO INNOCENT!!! I KNOW YOU WANT TO PROTECT HER NAME AND THAT IS FINE I NEVER SAID ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HER. BUT YOU ARE ONLY LOOKING AT IT FROM ONE SIDE. WHAT ABOUT WHEN SHE WENT TO JAIL FOR HITTING HIM?? i MEAN I CAN SIT AND SAY THIS AND THAT ALL NIGHT BUT THERE IS NO POINT. I KNOW ERIC VERY WELL AND I NO THAT EVERY ONE HAS ANGER BUT HE WOULD NEVER GET SO MAD TO SHOOT HER!!! i AGREE HE SHOULD HAVE NOT RUN, BUT HE DID AND I STILL DONT BELIVE THIS WAS WITH INTENT!!!

Coyote_dan
Coyote_dan

Shows not only the type of person Eric is but the true fiber of the family that raised him, Don't ya think??

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

wrong of them but they did

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

i BELIVE THEY ARE ALL YOUNG AND THEY THOUGHT THATS WHAT THEY WHERE DOING.

Coyote_dan
Coyote_dan

No they wouldn't.  They would guide me.  They always have!

MARLEANA
MARLEANA

if you get in trouble your family would just turn there back on you??? Said alot for your family dont yathink

David Saint
David Saint

whether or not his claim about the gun going off accidentally is true or not, it just sounds like old fashion jealousy.  He was pissed she was engaged to another guy and moving away, classic example of a domestic abuser. I seriously hope this asshole gets to meet "bubba", becomes his bitch, and gets his karmic payback..not very Christian of me, but hey an eye for an eye right..personally i think any guy found guilty of beating up a woman like this scenario should have to go 3 rounds with the UFC champion closest to his weight class...To the friends and family, my deepest sympathies.  Id like to plug something here, and that is an art called San Soo.  No, i dont teach it, but i am learning it.  Its a very good art to know for self defense, and easier than most for women to learn since it caters to strengths rather than just a general art like say tae kwon do.   Check out Dave Hopkins Black Belt promotions on youtube for videos...

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

My sympathies to the family and friends... I assure you I am treating this as a "tragedy" and am sorry for your loss. My response was based on the allegations made by the shooter  and his foolish claim it was an "accident" and not the victim, Monique Cota.  No words will bring her back but respect is due.. I apologize if I was out of order..

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