Police have charged John Jeffers, 34, with murder in the death of Larry R. Cox. Jeffers is also charged with auto theft. Police say he beat Larry Cox and stole his car. Jeffers is currently in the Western Regional Jail awaiting extradition.
Officers responded to a call of a man down in the parking lot of the Island View Motel in Gallipolis last Thursday evening. When they arrived they found Larry Cox dead. Police say he had multiple injuries.
Investigators believe John Jeffers attacked Cox in his room at the Island View then stole his car. Cox apparently crawled to the parking lot where police found him. Family members say Cox, from Florida, was staying at the Island View while working a construction job in the area.
Police have also charged Andrea Hughes, 18, also from Mason County, with complicity to steal a motor vehicle in connection with Cox's death. She is also being held in the Western Regional Jail.
According to a statement by Chief Clinton Patterson of the Gallipolis Police Department, the prosecutor's office is considering additional charges.
Larry Cox was 54.
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