Day 2 of Cox trial, witnesses called to the stand

Christopher Cox Trial Continues
Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 8:29 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It was an emotional day in the courtroom as the second day of the Christopher Cox trial came to a close.

Christopher Cox is accused of killing one teen and injuring another in Panama City Beach. Both boys were 14 at the time.

The teens were stepbrothers, reportedly visiting the area with their family and staying at the Shores of Panama Resort. They were visiting Panama City Beach from Kentucky for the first time.

On Tuesday, the mom of the murdered teen testified as well as the survivor testified on the stand.

During the surviving teen’s testimony, he and his stepbrother were on the beach after midnight in 2021, where he said they met Cox.

The victim told the jury they were talking and smoking cannabis with Cox, before Cox allegedly pulled out his gun and shot them both.

The jury also saw extensive body camera footage from law enforcement, who responded to the scene on the beach two years ago.

When the prosecutor questioned the teen if his stepbrother said anything to him when he was shot, the victim told the court he said, “I’m not going to make it, go get help.”

The prosecution told jurors that Cox was “losing his grip on reality” before the shooting. However, the defense is claiming he was defending himself when he shot the boys, saying they were trying to steal his backpack.