A 44-year-old Hoover man has been charged with murder in the slaying of his estranged wife who was found dead in her rental home on Friday.
Cullman County sheriff’s officials on Monday announced the arrest of Jason Brent McCoy. He is charged in the death of his wife, 49-year-old Angela McCoy.
“She didn’t deserve this,’’ said Angela McCoy’s son, Travis White. “She would do anything for anybody.”
White said his mother about a month ago started noticing money disappearing from the couple’s bank account. She confronted her husband, to whom she had been married for about eight years, about him spending their money on a drug called Tianaa, which has a synthetic drug ingredient. It is not approved for use by the FDA in the U.S. yet is readily available at gas stations across the state. Many people switched to Tianna after Kratom was banned.
Angela gave an anonymous interview to WBRC Fox 6 news in late August about the dangers of Tianaa, her son said.
“It has completely destroyed my family. It has turned this man into a completely different person. It’s going to actually end up killing him. I honestly do believe it,” she told the television station.
Angela left her husband in Hoover and went to stay with her son in Hayden, and then rented the mobile home in Bethel where she was found slain. Authorities have not said how she was killed.
White said he spoke with his mom on Tuesday, Sept. 17. She had plans, he said, to return to Hoover to do some shopping. On Thursday, White’s grandmother called him to say she had not been able to get in touch with Angela. That was unusual.
“Usually when you call her or text her, she responds right away,’’ he said.
White went to his mother’s home that night but found the trailer dark and locked up tight. He assumed she had extended her stay in Hoover. But by Friday, he had no doubt something was wrong and filed a missing person’s report with the sheriff’s office.
Deputies went to the mobile home but didn’t immediately see anything amiss. White and his wife then went to Alabaster where Jason worked as a driver for a tire company and noticed Angela’s car parked out front. They went to eat lunch and planned to follow him, but the car was gone when they returned.
As White was planning to drive back to Cullman County to again see if his mother was home, he received a call from sheriff’s officials saying they needed to speak with him in their office. When he arrived, he got the crushing news that his mother had been killed. “I was shocked,’’ White said.
Authorities took Jason into custody in Alabaster. He was transferred to the Cullman County Detention Center where he is being held on $50,000 bond.
Angela was the mother of two sons and three grandchildren. “She was crazy about them,’’ White said. “That was her world.”
She was originally from Georgia but lived mostly in Hoover and Hayden. “She loved everybody,’’ her son said. “She was the most caring person. She was so sweet, and always there for us.”