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Murder charges filed in death of 71-year-old Boone County man

By From staff reports

MADISON, W.Va. -- Deputies say a woman killed a 71-year-old Boone County man to sell his belongings for drug money.

The body of Jimmie Cooper was first discovered when co-workers were concerned that they had not seen him for several days and he had failed to report to his job, according to a news release from the Boone County sheriff's office. 

When they checked on Cooper, they found the door to his home partly open and notified the sheriff's office. Deputies checked the home and found his body.

Investigators believe Cooper was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head as he lay in his bed.

Twenty-year-old Maura Shea Perry of Hamlin has been charged with first degree murder.

Deputies believe Perry had an ongoing relationship with Cooper and stole property after the murder. Deputies allege she pawned the property to get money for drugs.

Deputies recovered Cooper's car at a park and ride in Scott Depot, Putnam County, where it had been abandoned. Several items that belonged to Cooper have been recovered from pawn shops around the Kanawha Valley, according to the sheriff's department.

Perry was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail.  


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