2 people charged in connection to homicide of Oklahoma man nearly 8 years after death

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NORMAN, Okla. –  After nearly 8 years, two people have been charged in connection to the 2008 death of an Oklahoma man.

Authorities say 31-year-old Cory Jay Bodily was last seen alive on July  29, 2008 as he picked up his paycheck from the Taco Bell in Norman.

Cory Jay Bodily
Cory Jay Bodily

“I will never get to hug him. I will never get a kiss from him. I will never get to laugh with him or cry with him. I have nothing and that’s hard,” Sharleen Resor, Cory’s mother, told KFOR in October 2014.

Sharleen says her son had been missing for weeks before it was ever reported to police.

“I didn’t know if he had just taken a break and had to get away,” she said.

In her heart, she says she knew something was wrong so she reported it to authorities.

Cory Bodily’s skull was found by a dog on Christmas Day in 2008.

Two weeks later, investigators found skeletal remains covered by brush and leaves in a field near 171st St. and Cemetery Rd.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says Cory died from blunt force trauma.

On Wednesday, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office announced a development in the case.

After nearly 8 years, two people have been charged in connection to Bodily’s death.

The suspects have been identified as Bobby Lee Perkins, 51, and Libby Lavonne Cox, 45.

Perkins and Cox both confirmed their involvement in Bodily’s death, a representative with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Bobby Lee Perkins, 51, and Libby Lavonne Cox, 45
Bobby Lee Perkins, 51, and Libby Lavonne Cox, 45

Perkins is facing charges for murder in the first-degree while in the commission of robbery.  He is currently serving time at the Lawton Correctional Facility.  Officials say his transport to Cleveland County is pending.

Cox is facing charges for accessory after the fact.

Sharleen says she has never met the suspects before, but says the arrests feel like the beginning of justice for her son.

“It feels good to say son they are incarcerated and they are going to be charged with taking your life,” she said of the suspects.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

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