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Acid trip killer denied bond

By Walter Geiger A man who allegedly shot and killed another while both were under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs was denied bond at a pre-trial hearing in Lamar County magistrate court Wednesday afternoon. A remorseful Joshua James Cox, 24, appeared before chief magistrate Karen Jackson at a bond hearing although state statute precludes her from setting bond in a murder case. He is charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. He faces life in prison. He is charged in connection with the death of Donald Terrell Clark, 40, who was found dead of two gunshot wounds in the driveway of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Road. After denying bond, Judge Jackson asked, “You appear to be a much different person than the vicious one who committed this crime. What is the difference.” Cox replied, “I am not under the influence of anything.” Cox told the judge he and Clark were using acid. “We smoked a blunt of marijuana and started tripping again and that’s when this happened,” Cox said. Judge Jackson engaged in a lengthy conversation with Cox and he was remarkably forthcoming. Read more about that exchange in the 8.25.15 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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