Trent Yates

Trent Yates

Homicide victim Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - New details about the killing of a group home patient were revealed in court Tuesday, October 30.

Trent Yates, 27, is charged with murdering Matthew Cox at the New Way Out group home on Colonial Circle North in Mobile. Yates was a caregiver at the group home where Cox lived.

Prosecutors said Yates stomped on Cox prior to his death. According to the Mobile County District Attorney's Office, preliminary autopsy results revealed Cox suffered severe damage to his organs.

According to the family of the victim, Cox was 21-years-old with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old. He was staying at the group home because of his autism.

"I mean its really the most heinous kind of crime that you can imagine. Matthew is just like a child, a four-year-old child, and you know you entrust people to take care of children, the elderly, the disabled, not to kill them," said Dean Waite, the attorney for the Cox family.

It is unclear how long Yates worked at the home and how long Cox was a resident at the home.

In court Tuesday, Yates pleaded not guilty and was given a bond of $200,000. Yates will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on November 29.

Defense attorney John Brutkiewicz said, "I thought it was excessive, I did, and the cash component was excessive also because not many people can come up with $25,000 cash to get someone out of jail, so he's not going to be able to make bond until the hearing for sure."

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