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Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against Canton teen in 2017 shooting

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against Canton teen in 2017 shooting

3 months ago by Scott Hardy

Cody Wilson accused of shooting step-father, to go on trial in June

A Canton man, charged with First Degree Murder in the alleged shooting death of his step-father, won’t face the death penalty at his trial next month.  

Lawyers for Cody Wilson were in Lewis County Circuit court Thursday, where court records show that prosecutors filed a notice of intent to waive seeking the death penalty in the case. Judge Russell Steele also officially ordered the 5-day trial to be held in Adair County, starting June 11th. Wilson’s pleaded Not Guilty to counts of 1st Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action, and is accused of shooting and killing his step-father, 56 year old David Brooks, in late April 2017 at a home just west of Canton. A probable cause statement says that Brooks and his wife were arguing all day, and that Wilson admitted to authorities that after waking up from a nap and hearing more arguing, he snapped. Wilson then allegedly got out a handgun he kept in a drawer in his room, and shot Brooks in the couple's bedroom. 

Wilson’s in the Lewis County Jail on $1 million bond.

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