A 22-year-old St. Joseph man is set to go on trial Tuesday for the alleged murder of a man whose body was found in the backyard of a home on North 13th Street.
Brandon Cox is facing charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being brought back from the Jefferson City Correctional Center for a jury trial.
Prosecutors allege that on Oct. 10, 2018, Cox got into an argument with Clifford York, 28, and shot the man through a window. Later that day, York’s body was discovered in a backyard on North 13th Street. More than a week later, Cox was arrested and charged with murder.
In a July hearing, a detective working the case testified that a witness had seen the shooting and alleged Cox had threatened to kill her.
“He told her she was a witness and he’d have to kill her now,” the detective told the court.
Another witness allegedly told the detective that Cox had been performing CPR on York’s body in the backyard and was covered in blood as he left the body.
Cox was held at the Buchanan County Jail with his bond denied and was later transferred the Jefferson City Correctional Center after his probation in a previous case was revoked due to the possession of a firearm charge.
The trial is set for three days starting Dec. 3 and is being overseen by Judge Patrick Robb.