Yesterday afternoon, a mother of two was murdered in her apartment in Jackson County. Estranged husband and accused murderer Joe Quincy McCord appeared in front of a judge for the first time.
In handcuffs, Joe Quincy McCord entered the Pascagoula City courtroom for his initial hearing in relation to the murder of 33-year-old Brittany Moore McCord.
According to the Pascagoula Police Department, shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, an altercation took place between Joe Quincy and Brittany at the Bandywood Apartments which escalated into Joe Quincy brandishing a pistol.
McCord’s oldest son, who is thirteen, tried defending his mother, only to be hit in the head with the gun. Joe Quincy then shot Brittany once, killing her. He then fled with their two-year-old child to Mobile.
Upon arriving to Mobile, Joe Quincy began the process of turning himself in. Captain Doug Adams with Pascagoula PD said, “The two-year-old, he gave to one of his uncles. The uncle called Mobile PD. They took custody of the child. We went over and got the child last night. The child, the two-year-old, physically is fine.”
When it was discovered the two-year-old was missing, an Amber Alert was placed up to 500 miles away, which played a big part in McCord’s surrender. “Within about 30 to 40 minutes, within an hour, everyone from here to Tennessee knew that we were looking for this guy. It went about as smoothly as it could go,” said Adams.
According to Captain Adams, this isn’t the first altercation between the two as Brittany had filed a domestic charge against Joe Quincy in 2017. Brittany was a substitute teacher for the Pascagoula School District. According to a resident, Brittany was regarded as one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Despite being diagnosed with MS, she always had a smile on her face.
Bail has been set at $1.5 million for McCord for the charges of murder and child abuse. McCord’s next court date has not been set.