The extent to which this was coerced or consensual remains unclear.
Several now claim Coles was the killer and that they were coerced by police threats into testifying against Davis.
This is not the conduct of one coerced or entrapped into crime.
mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.