Family Crimes

Man Accused Of Beating Bedridden Mother To Death With Her Oxygen Tank

“Every murder case is horrible. This one just makes you sick."

A man from Mobile, Alabama is accused of beating his elderly mother to death on Friday with an oxygen tank. Joseph Wood, 47, appeared in a bond hearing Monday morning in which he pleaded not guilty on a murder charge.

His court-appointed lawyer Joseph Darley, told Fox10, “At this point that’s where we start. I don’t know the evidence against him, I don’t know if he has given statements, if there are witnesses but we find all of that out by meeting with him, meeting with the DA and having the hearing.”

Wood lived with his mother, 70-year-old Carol Croucher, whose body was found Friday morning. According to local reports, her death was ruled suspicious almost immediately. By the afternoon, it was ruled a homicide, which led to Wood’s arrest. Authorities told reporters that Croucher died of blunt force trauma, Fox10 reports.

According to Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood, Wood told police on Friday that he killed his mother because she would not stop crying.

“Every murder case is horrible. This one just makes you sick,” Blackwood reportedly said in court on Monday. 

The elderly woman was in hospice care at the time of her fatal beating, and a neighbor called her “nice and quiet.”

“I just thought she passed away,” the neighbor said. “I didn’t think in that kind of way. I mean he seemed like a nice guy to me. I don’t know how or why he could do that.”

[Photo: Mobile Metro Jail]

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