Man accused of damaging midtown salon won't speak to attorney

Posted at 6:20 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 23:25:08-04

TULSA -- The man accused of damaging a midtown Tulsa salon is refusing to speak to his lawyer. 

Tracy Coons appeared before a judge Thursday morning. His public defender said Coons will not speak to him.

When the judge asked Coons about it, he said he will not speak to an attorney while he is in custody. He repeated it several times.

The judge asked that he undergo evaluation to determine if he is competent to represent himself. 

Coons is accused of bashing the windows of Salon Karma with a sledgehammer and brick. He is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on three misdemeanor counts of damage to property.

Salon owner Jamie Sill was in court when Coons appeared before the judge. 

"Everyone else just went through all the motions of 'yes ma'am' 'no ma'am' and went on but he was very different from everyone else," Sill said. 

She thinks the way he acted should send a sign to the attorneys and judge involved in the case. 

"That he's not in his right mind," Sill said. "That he might need some assistance figuring out what's best for him to be doing now for keeping us safe. We need more assistance." 

She hoped the judge would be able to see the surveillance video from her salon when the incidents happened. 

"I was hoping to have a jury trial to see what he thought of his reasoning of why he did this and for the judge to be able to see what's on tape," Sill said. 

Sill still hopes the charges are amended to felonies instead of misdemeanors. 

She got an estimate that said it would cost almost $5,000, but the damage is not her concern.

"I have an app on my phone that will notify me whenever he gets out," Sill said. "Yes I am always wondering when my phone goes off if that is him getting out or not." 

Sill is keeping a bat in the salon and has filed for a protective order. 

Coons has another court appearance Nov. 2. 

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