Groves man pleads guilty to 2012 murder

A 26-year-old Groves man is expected to be handed a 25-year prison sentence Friday after pleading guilty to murder Monday.

John Mason Broadway has been in jail on a $3.5 million bond ever since his arrest for the July 2012 shooting death of Cody Hokett.

Hokett, also from Groves, died at the Christus Hospital St Mary, but not until after he was able to tell police that Broadway shot him. Hokett's mother is expected to give a victim's impact statement at the Friday sentencing.

Hokett was shot in the chest with a shotgun.

Prosecutors claim both men were alone in the house at the time of the shooting and were both high on methamphetamine. They say Broadway, at one time, had claimed he shot Hokett in self defense.

A neighbor from around the corner was walking down the street when he saw Hockett slumped over in the open doorway of this home clutching his chest.

The neighbor applied pressure to the gun shot wound trying to keep him calm and that's when the man described his shooter.

"The victim was still conscious and able to speak whenever the witness and officers talked to him," said Groves City Marshal Jeff Wilmore.

After about a six-hour search, Broadway, who lives at the residence where the shooting took place, was found in Beaumont.



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