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ADA: Man beat bedridden mother to death with her own oxygen tank

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Joseph Wood was arrested for the death of his 70-year-old mother, Carol Croucher. Photo: FOX10 News. Joseph Wood was arrested for the death of his 70-year-old mother, Carol Croucher. Photo: FOX10 News.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

According to Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood, 47-year-old Joseph Wood beat his elderly mother to death with her own oxygen tank.

Carol Croucher, 70, was found deceased in her home which is located in the area of Cottage Hill Road and University Boulevard on Friday, November 10 at approximately 10 a.m. Authorities say Croucher died from blunt trauma to her head.

Handcuffed and shackled, Wood made his first appearance in court this morning for a bond hearing. Officials say Wood confessed to killing his mother at their home where they lived together.

“She was at home bedridden and being taken care of by hospice. I told the judge this, ‘the defendant told police that she wouldn’t stop crying so he beat her to death with her own oxygen tank,'" Blackwood said."He said he did it because she wouldn't stop crying."

Blackwood said if convicted, Wood could face ten years to life in prison.

“Every murder case is horrible. This one just makes you sick. It makes me absolutely sick," he said.

A neighborhood acquaintance said she was at her aunt’s home when police were called to Croucher’s house on Friday. She said she would have never suspected anything like this would’ve happened to a woman she described as so nice and quiet.

“There were about six police, one ambulance, a fire truck," the woman described.

The acquaintance didn’t want to go on camera, but says Croucher and her son seemed to have a normal relationship. So learning about her death was shocking.

“Never thought that happened. I just thought she passed away. I didn’t think in that kind of way. I mean he seemed like a nice guy to me. I don’t know how or why he could do that," she said shaking her head in disbelief.

After learning Wood has no criminal history, a judge set Wood’s bond at $150,000 and appointed attorney Jason Darley to represent him. Darley says from here it’s up to the evidence the state provides against his client that will determine if he’s set free or stays in jail.

“At this point that’s where we start. I don’t know the evidence against him, I don’t know if he has given statements, if there are witnesses but we find all of that out by meeting with him, meeting with the DA and having the hearing," Darley said.

Wood is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing set for December 4th. 

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