JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE 1:10 PM: Officials say detectives have found what they think is the weapon used to kill Christy Cook. It was found in a creek near 4th Ave Bessemer and Powder Plant Rd.
UPDATE FRIDAY MARCH 17, 2017 11 AM: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Friday formally announced the suspect in the death of Christy Cook has been charged with capital murder.
According to officials, the victim’s boyfriend has been charged with capital murder in her death. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office last week said a man accompanying Cook on her trip to Tennessee had been found in Atalla, wandering around disoriented. He was taken to the hospital and released.
After Cook’s body was discovered inside the bedroom of a Rock Mountain Lakes home by the owner after he returned from being out of town, detectives began reviewing recent reports of missing persons and found the body matched Cook’s description.
The body found inside a Rock Mountain Lakes home by the owner when he returned from out of town has been identified as missing Pickens County woman Christy Cook.
Jefferson County detectives contacted Pickens County investigators to learn more about Cook, and learned her boyfriend was in their office. They went to Pickens County and picked him up for questioning. The SHeriff’s Office says McClellan told different stories about what led to Cook’s death. He claimed she had driven them to the Rock Mountain Lakes house, where he said he had never been before. He claimed they broke into the house and while there, he accidentally shot her twice.
Friday, the results of the investigation that spanned three counties wree presented to the district attorney, and McClellan was charged with capital murder during burglary in the 1st. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.
MARCH 16, 2017: The owner of the Rock Mountain Lakes home returned from a trip out of town to find Cook dead inside his home.
A man the Etowah County Sheriff believes was accompanying Cook before her disappearance has been arrested and charged with capital murder.
The Etowah County Sheriff said Anthony Gene McClellan was found Wednesday, March 8 near County Line Beverages around 4 p.m. in Attalla.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:46 a.m., McClellan was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and charged with capital murder, according to jail records. He is being held without bond.