Groves man guilty of murdering friend with shotgun

John Mason Broadway

A Groves man has pleaded guilty to murdering his close friend in a drug-fueled rage.

Cody Hokett died from a shotgun wound to the chest suffered at John Mason Broadway's former residence at 3131 Cleveland St. in Groves.

Broadway, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 6, 2012, for first degree murder in Hokett's death.

According to an affidavit for search and arrest warrant obtained by The Examiner, on July 23, 2012, police responded to the aforementioned home to find Hokett sitting on the front step, partially slumped over and covered in blood.

Hokett was able to tell police he had been shot, and police observed a severe gunshot wound to Hokett’s upper right back and chest area.

The initial 911 caller was also at the scene and told police he was coming by the home to “drink a beer” with Broadway when he found Hokett in the doorway, bleeding profusely. The caller told police that before they arrived, Hokett told the 911 caller that Broadway had shot him, according to the arrest affidavit.

Hokett was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital where he would die some 30 minutes after police found him in the doorway of Broadway’s residence.

When police searched the home, Broadway was nowhere to be found, but police were able to secure the murder weapon — a short-barreled shotgun with a shortened wood stock — at the bloody crime scene.

In a later interview with police, Broadway’s friends and family said Broadway was acting bizarre and abusing drugs, “possibly including methamphetamine and bath salts,” the arrest affidavit said. At least one friend told police Broadway was ranting about “the evil government,” and was bragging about another small pistol with extra ammunition in his possession.

A prosecutor familiar with the case confirmed both Broadway and the victim might have been involved in a methamphetamine ring.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, Broadway pleaded guilty to murdering Hokett, taking a plea deal that would cap his punishment at 25 years in jail.

He is set to appear for sentencing in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court Friday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.