The son of a woman found dead in her Cape San Blas is in custody as a potential suspect in her murder.
Jarrod Powell Slick, 23, is in custody in prior arson charges, but has not been charged with the murder.
The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office revealed new details in the murder that occurred Sunday afternoon.
After receiving a 9-1-1 phone call at 1:45 p.m. ET, deputies found victim Renee Coffey, 52, of 7525 Cape San Blas Road unresponsive in her home.
By the time first responders arrived on scene Coffey had expired from undisclosed injuries.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s unit from Pensacola was dispatched and processed the crime scene.
The 9-1-1 call was placed by Coffey’s son, Jarrod Powell Slick, 23, of Port St. Joe, who was charged with two counts of arson and two counts of burglary in the burning of a Port St. Joe Masonic Lodge in December 2012.
Slick was out on bond, which had been paid for by Coffey.
Slick has not yet been prosecuted for the arson, but Slick already faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000 if convicted.
Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison said that Slick was questioned at the scene and then taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he was arrested shortly thereafter.
“This was an isolated incident and there is no public threat,” said Harrison. “We believe we have our prime suspect detained.”
Coffey has another son who lives at the residence, but he wasn’t home at the time of the incident. Coffey’s husband is currently deployed in Iraq, but has been notified and will soon be traveling back to Gulf County.
“It could happen anywhere,” said Harrison of the incident. “It just happened to happen at a very visible spot in this county.”
More information will be released as it becomes available.