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.
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.