SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–New details are emerging into the case of a 21-year-old man charged with first- degree murder in the death of his mother on Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Connor Cox shot and killed 54-year-old Angela Cox while she was in her home office.
Deputies were called to the scene on the 4000 block of E. Whitehall Drive after the victim’s husband, Terry Cox returned home from work and discovered her dead.
“There had been some sort of argument or disagreement between the parents and their son the night before and that morning and then when the husband came home in the evening hours he ultimately found his wife in the office, she had been shot,” says Greene County Prosecutor, Dan Patterson.
That’s when Patterson says Terry Cox called to report his wife, Angela possibly deceased. When deputies arrived, they found her seated in a chair with what looked like a bullet hole in her neck.
In the probable cause statement, Cox told deputies that he thought his son, Connor was involved in his wife’s murder and that he had hidden a gun from Connor in the attic a year ago.
“If you’re in a situation where you have a family member who you don’t want to have access to a firearm, make sure you take steps to ensure that it’s not just hidden, but secure,” says Patterson.
The probable cause statement also says that Connor said he shot Angela due to her “always being down” and being in pain so he thought he would “end that.” Connor stated that most of the reason for Angela’s pain was due to his actions.
“Clearly there was some sort of disagreement in this family something was going on in that family dynamic,” says Patterson.
To the point, that the PC statement says Terry Connor warned his son not to hurt his mother, but that it actually gave him the idea.
Prosecutors say that Angela’s car was missing from the garage and that deputies in Taney County found Connor driving it along State Highway 176.
“Greene County Sheriff’s Office immediately began an investigation they coordinated with other law enforcement agencies and ultimately was located by Taney County Sheriff’s Deputies who placed him in custody and were able to resolve the case quickly,” says Patterson.
Cox is being held in Greene County Jail without bond.
If he’s found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.