A Port St. Joe man was formally charged last month with second-degree murder in the slaying of his mother in their Cape San Blas home.
Jarrod Powell Slick, 23, is already in jail without bond in the May 18 killing of his mother, Renee Gail Coffey, 58.
In an information filing from the Gulf County State Attorney’s Office in Port St. Joe, new details of the crime were also released. According to the filing, Slick killed Coffey by striking her “over the head with a blue curling weight and slicing her neck with a corkscrew.”
Those acts were “imminently dangerous to another” and “evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life.”
The filing details that the State Attorney’s Office did not believe the crime premeditated, resulting in the second-degree murder charge. Slick faces up to 30 years in prison.
Investigators responding to a 9-1-1 call from Slick 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 was ruled dead at the scene.
Slick, after questioning by investigators was quickly developed as a suspect. A suspect in arsons of the Masonic Lodge in Port St. Joe in 2012, Slick was out on bond secured by Coffey.
A home security system indicated 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 was 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.