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Woman sentenced in deadly shooting of Indianapolis coin dealer

As part of a plea deal, Kayla Blankenship pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of coin collector Paul Edmonds in 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — The woman accused in the deadly shooting of an Indianapolis coin dealer in 2020 was sentenced to 45 years in prison. 

As part of a plea deal, Kayla Blankenship pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of coin collector Paul Edmonds. The plea agreement called for a 45-year sentence with other charges being dropped.

The shooting happened in September 2020 as the two sat in a car at a fast food restaurant parking lot, where a coin sale had been arranged.

Days after the shooting, court documents outlined how investigators began investigating the 24-year-old woman. Edmonds, 78, was able to tell officers that he was trying to sell a young woman coins and was meeting her in the Hardee's parking lot at 5950 Brookville Road. 

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Coin collector Paul Edmonds, 78, was shot outside an east side Hardee's Sept. 25, 2020.

Surveillance video from a nearby store shows Edmonds' car pull into the parking lot next to a red Saturn SUV. A woman got out of the SUV and into Edmonds' car. Moment later, Edmonds' car lurches forward and the woman jumps out while it is still moving. The woman runs back to the SUV and it leaves.

Edmonds was then seen driving to the front of the restaurant. Workers told 13News he came inside and told them, "Call the police. I've been shot." 

Edmonds told an officer the woman didn't even get any of his money. 

He later died at the hospital.

Credit: Edmonds Family

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When officers searched Edmonds' car, they saw a knife, zip tie and a spent bullet cartridge on the passenger floor. Using a cellphone found in Edmonds' car, police were able to use emails to identify Blankenship.

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Kayla Blankenship

Police found Blankenship's car in Plainfield and arrested her. Police also arrested her boyfriend on an outstanding warrant.

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Edmonds owned Diamond Stamp and Coin for 35 years, operating his business from a display case in Shadeland Peddlers & Flea Market.

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