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Burke County shooting charge is upgraded

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When Amy Nicole Brown died Tuesday, her family was told it was the result of a gun misfire.

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What they found Thursday, however, suggested that her boyfriend of 10 years had pulled the trigger intentionally.

Jamie Edward McCook, 31, now sits in the Burke County jail on a charge of malice murder. His father, Ralph McCook, also has been charged in connection with the shooting.

The McCooks told authorities Tuesday that Jamie McCook had been handling his weapon between 4 and 4:30 p.m. at Ralph McCook's home in the 200 block of Greiner Circle when the .40-caliber handgun misfired and hit his 29-year-old girlfriend in the abdomen.

"The medical examiner said it could not have happened that way," Sheriff Greg Coursey said.

An autopsy Thursday revealed that Brown suffered a contact wound.

"What that means is that the gun was pressed against her flesh when it was fired," Coursey said. "(Jamie) McCook stated the gun went off when he was sitting across the room, but according to the medical examiner, the gun was pressed against her abdomen."

Coursey said Jamie and Ralph McCook have continued to stick with their original explanation of the shooting.

On Thursday, however, officers upgraded Jamie McCook's previous charge of involuntary manslaughter to malice murder. He is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Ralph McCook was booked Friday into the Burke County jail on a charge of giving false statements to law enforcement.

"We're comfortable that it was intentional, but we don't know a motive at this time," Coursey said Friday.

Coursey said he is unaware of any domestic violence between the Augusta couple. Jamie McCook, though, is on probation for felony marijuana charges in Richmond County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Burke County Sheriff's Office in the case.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/29/11 - 12:27 pm
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How about accessory to murder

How about accessory to murder for daddy?

happychimer
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happychimer 07/29/11 - 12:46 pm
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Willow wrdw says maybe murder

Willow wrdw says maybe murder charge for daddy, because he lied and covered up what happened.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 07/29/11 - 12:46 pm
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and remember a woman who was
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and remember a woman who was jaywalking when her son got killed by a drunk driver was gonna do six times the jail term that the drunk driver did for actually running the boy over......never trust what charges an overzealous DA brings to the table seems yall have already forgotten about casey anthony lol

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/29/11 - 12:52 pm
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no, we haven't, and no

no, we haven't, and no laughing matter. Over zealous DA was not the problem.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/29/11 - 01:14 pm
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A gun pushed up against the

A gun pushed up against the flesh and fired is no accident.

Vito45
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Vito45 07/29/11 - 01:51 pm
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Not to mimimize HER death,

Not to mimimize HER death, but at least one more piece of human debris will be off the streets with him in prison or getting the needle.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/29/11 - 01:48 pm
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Hey Vito, should have been

Hey Vito, should have been the other way around. Then the 'piece of human debris' would be in the ground or the fiery furnace aka crematory!

blues550
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blues550 07/29/11 - 02:02 pm
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Is this another Richmond
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Is this another Richmond Countian that pulled the trigger? A new export.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/29/11 - 08:10 pm
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I don't know either mccook
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I don't know either mccook but am willing to bet they both have Phds.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/30/11 - 03:54 am
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Would anyone like to have

Would anyone like to have JEMcC as a relative, co-worker, neighbor or cellmate?

Did anyone else see JEMcC's Willie-Nelson-wannable father on TV12 this evening?

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 07/30/11 - 09:48 am
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Looks like he has that has

Looks like he has that has that grudge look to me. As myfather15 says what a great mug shot. It looks like it says you can't get me. My father and I will stick together no matter what forensics says.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/30/11 - 10:18 am
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Sad that her life had to end

Sad that her life had to end so tragically.

Amy Nicole Brown:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74159804

mefirst
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mefirst 07/30/11 - 05:09 pm
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Father should be charged with

Father should be charged with aiding and abetting felony murder and sent up the river with son. They could come to a deeper understanding of each other while they press out license plates.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/31/11 - 12:18 pm
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drivenslow must not know all
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drivenslow must not know all the detail of both cases, just read the headlines. lol

lindabrown919
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lindabrown919 08/01/11 - 08:58 pm
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How about Jealousy..They had

How about Jealousy..They had just got back together again..after being broken up.How about they both burn? Works for me:0

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