A Port St. Joe man has been formally charged with murder in the death of his mother in their Cape San Blas residence.
Jarrod Powell Slick, 23, already in custody on arson charges stemming from incidents in 2012, was charged with an open count murder Friday in the slaying of his mother, Renee Gail Coffey, 58.
Slick was first appeared in the murder charge Friday morning and is being held without bond in the Gulf County Jail.
Investigators responding to a 9-1-1 call from Slick the afternoon of May 18 found Coffey unconscious and unresponsive in her home at 7525 Cape San Blas Road.
Slick told dispatchers in the emergency call that his mother had been “assaulted”, according to Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison.
Coffey died of her injuries at the scene.
Slick was subsequently interviewed by deputies and later by investigators, Harrison said.
Slick, a suspect in arsons of the Masonic Lodge in Port St. Joe in 2012, and who was out on bond secured by Coffey, quickly became the prime suspect and was taken into custody on the arson charges, for which he faces up to 30 years in prison.
A home security indicated that Slick and Coffey were the lone occupants of the Cape San Blas home at the time of the incident, investigators learned.
The system also revealed no indication of a breach of the house or any other person in or around the house during the timeframe of the incident.
Slick told investigators he and his mother left the residence earlier in the day and made several stops in Callaway before returning home, which were confirmed through receipts and in-store video.
Upon returning home, Slick told investigators, he went into the backyard to tend the family dog, remaining there for 30 minutes before going inside.
He said he found his mother with “her throat slit and her head bashed in, but I didn’t know she was going to die,” according to the arresting affidavit.
The home security system, however, showed Slick going inside the residence upon returning home and Coffey following roughly one minute later, according to investigators.
Slick sent a text message to his brother about bringing home a grocery item a few minutes later and is seen leaving the residence, phone in hand appearing to be in conversation, roughly three minutes prior to the 9-1-1 call.
The system showed no other individual present.
Investigators found what appeared to be blood spatters on Slick’s shoes.