Son ID'd as Suspect in Mother's Death

CAPE SAN BLAS Gulf County Sheriff's investigators have identified a woman who was murdered this weekend, as well as a suspect.

Deputies found Renee Coffey dead inside her Cape San Blas home Sunday afternoon, and they believe her son was responsible for her death.

Gabrielle Piergiovanni stayed up until past 1:00am Sunday night watching the crime-scene investigation next door.

Neighbor Gabrielle Piergiovanni says, "I came home yesterday around six o'clock and saw a couple cop cars and saw the house taped off. I knew something bad happened."

Piergiovanni says her grandparents used to live in the Cape San Blas Road house, "We actually built that house probably ten years ago, maybe a little bit more and sold it to the current owners about two years ago so yeah, it's a little unnerving."

Deputies arrived at home Sunday afternoon after receiving a 911 call from homeowner Renee Coffey's son, 23 year old Jarrod Powell Slick.

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison says, "We believe that the injuries that were sustained occurred within a short time frame prior to the 911 call."

Although he has not been charged, authorities say slick is their suspect.

Harrison says, "He was out on bond for an arson that took place here in Port St. Joe. With the recent events that had occurred, his bond subsequently was revoked and he is currently incarcerated in the Gulf County Detention Facility."

Authorities aren't giving a motive for the killing, or how Renee Coffey was killed.

Piergiovanni adds, "I mean this is such a quiet area. It was so shocking to hear of anything like this happening. She really kept to herself. She was very nice lady. I didn't talk to her a whole lot. I've seen her everyday. She walked her dog. Very nice, quiet lady."

FDLE and Gulf County Sheriff's investigators are continuing to examine the evidence from the scene.


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