UPDATED: Suspect arrested on murder charges

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 01:46 PM.

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.

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