(10/03/2011)
A Spencer man serving time for the murder of a Leatherbark, Calhoun County man, will be charged with the brutal death of an inmate at Mt. Olive prison.

State Police say charges will be filed against Christopher D. Cox (left) 26, who allegedly kicked a fellow inmate to death Saturday.

State Police Col. R.A. Spearen of the Gauley Bridge detachment says Cox got into an altercation with Joseph B. Braddock Jr., 30, of Independence.

Braddock was thrown to the ground and Cox kicked him in the head several times, causing severe trauma and beating him until he was unrecognizable, said police.

Cox was serving a 10-year sentence for one felony count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree robbery, related to the stabbing and shooting of 49-year-old Russell Metz on August 4, 2004.

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Cox was 19 when he stabbed and killed Metz at a hunting cabin in a wooded area above US 33-119 near the Roane-Calhoun line.

Trooper Darrin Campbell testified that Cox drove to Spencer and told his mother Christine Cox that he had killed a man, after which she notified the Spencer Police Department.

Officer Campbell said Cox was upset and crying, and told officers he stabbed the man and then shot him in the head to make sure he was dead.

"There was also a gunshot wound at the top of his head," said Campbell, indicating Cox had cleaned up the blood on the floor or himself with cleaning supplies.

"He started to leave the scene and stuck the .22 rifle to his head" and shot, after which the body was covered with two bedspreads.

The murder, according to official sources at the time, was related to methamphetamine use.

Metz was Christopher Cox's birth father's cousin. Cox is adopted and had been living in Calhoun with relatives and friends while attending Calhoun County High School. He graduated with the class of 2004.

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