Maura Shea Perry, 20, of Hamlin, is accused in the shooting death of Jimmie Cooper, 71, whose body was discovered Sept. 26 after his co-workers reported that he had not shown up for work.
Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller previously reported the decomposing body of Cooper was found inside his trailer home in Peytona. The man had been missing for about a week, the sheriff said.
Cooper was first discovered when co-workers were concerned because they had not seen the victim for several days and failed to report to his job. When checking on Cooper, they found the door to his residence partially open and notified the Sheriff's Office, who checked the home and discovered the victim's body.
The home did show signs of a forced entry and the man’s car was missing. The vehicle has since been recovered in Putnam County, investigators said.
In magistrate court Tuesday, a deputy testified that Perry had confessed to the crime, saying she shot Cooper with his own .38-caliber gun as he lay in his bed at his home in Peytona. The deputy said the suspect said she had been planning to poison Cooper, but she was not able to get the drugs.
Investigators believe that Cooper was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head as he lay in his bed at home, according to Sheriff Miller.
Investigators also said that Perry had an ongoing relationship with the victim and stole property after the murder, which she pawned to facilitate her drug usage.
Deputies recovered Cooper's car at a park and ride at Scott Depot, in Putnam County on Thursday, where it had been abandoned. Several items have been recovered from pawn shops in the Kanawha Valley area that belonged to the victim.
Perry remains in the Southwestern Regional Jail without bond awaiting trial.
Strange comments on Perry’s public Facebook wall have also come to light.
Perry had posted that she “got a new man” on Sept. 24, which would have been after the time police believe Cooper was killed.
She has also posted on Sept. 20 that she was looking for a job.
Since that time, many of Perry’s friends have posted on her wall their disbelief and disappointment after hearing about her alleged role in Cooper’s death.
“I never in a million years thought that I would be seeing you on TV facing murder,” one post said.