Fla. murder has local ties

By The Mercury

Authorities in Port St. Joe, Fla., last month arrested a man for suspicion of murdering his mother, a former Kansas State University professor.

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison on May 23 announced Jarrod Slick, 23, was arrested in connection to the death of his mother, Renee Coffey, 51, while he was already detained in the Gulf County Detention Facility on unrelated charges.

An investigation into Coffey’s death began on May 18 after Slick placed a 911 call from their residence in Port St. Joe to report that his mother had been assaulted.

When Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived, Coffey was found unconscious inside the residence. She later died of her injuries.

Deputies detained and interviewed Slick, who became a prime suspect, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.

Coffey, formerly Renee Slick, was a former assistant professor of psychology at KSU. She earned her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from the university in 2002.

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