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Death penalty will not be sought in Canton shooting death case

Cody Wilson
Posted: May. 14, 2018 10:25 pm Updated: May. 14, 2018 11:09 pm

MONTICELLO, Mo. -- The Canton man accused of shooting his stepfather to death in 2017 will not face the death penalty if convicted.

Court records show that last week, prosecutors filed a notice of intent to waive seeking the death penalty if Cody R. Wilson is convicted in the April 27, 2017, shooting death of 56-year-old David Brooks.

Wilson, 20, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. The case is set to go to trial starting June 11 in Adair County, where the case was moved on a change of venue.

Wilson is accused of shooting Brooks twice at 31516 Old Monticello Road as Brooks argued with his wife, Rachel Brooks, who is Wilson's mother.

The probable cause statement claims that Wilson told officers that he had a major panic attack during the day and thought about shooting David Brooks.

Wislon reportedly told police that the couple had been arguing all day and that he overheard David Brooks threatening to shoot his mother's boyfriend.

Wilson is being held in the Lewis County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

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