Connie McAvoy (left) and Chad McAvoy

Connie McAvoy (left) and Chad McAvoy

A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted Chad McAvoy, 21, on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his mother, who was shot in the back with a shotgun after an argument at their home in Metairie earlier this year.

The March 1 shooting stunned friends and family members. They said there had been some tension in the home because McAvoy hadn't found a job, but they couldn't imagine he was capable of committing such a crime. 

21-year-old Metairie man kills mother with shotgun in family home, JPSO says

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, which was initially called about a possible suicide, said McAvoy confessed to the shooting under questioning. 

Deputies responding to a call to the family’s house on Loveland Street found Connie McAvoy's body on the living room couch.

A family friend at the time said the victim’s husband, Steven McAvoy, heard his wife and son having an argument in another room, followed by a quiet moment and then a gun blast.

The friend said the idea Chad McAvoy would kill his mother was so far-fetched that Steven McAvoy told 911 operators she might have killed herself. 

McAvoy faces mandatory life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

The case was allotted to Judge Conn Regan of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.

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