In November 2009, the early morning home invasion that resulted in the death of a woman terrified Chesapeake City, Maryland. When four teens forced their way into the home with the goal of robbing them, Terri McCoy, her parents, and her partner were inside.
She got entangled in the invasion when one of the invaders immediately shot her. Murder Comes to Town: The Risks of Investigative Success The case is painstakingly examined by Discovery, which shows viewers exactly what happened in the early hours of that fateful day that changed the McCoy family for good. If you are interested in the case and want to learn who committed the crime and where they are currently, we have the information you require. So let’s get going right away.
How did Terri McCoy pass away?
On November 4, 2009, four masked and armed youths broke into the McCoy family’s home at 3700 Augustine Herman Highway while they were sleeping. The ruckus woke up Terry McCoy, 63, who initially thought her daughter, Terri Ann McCoy, was falling due to low blood sugar. When he noticed masked boys with rifles and believed someone was breaking into his home, he made an effort to keep the door to his bedroom, which he shared with his wife, Geraldine McCoy, 62, closed.
Terry was irreparably injured by a pistol whip from one of the invaders since he was outclassed and outgunned. Three intruders entered quickly, and one of them threatened Geraldine with a gun as she fled in terror. The other two intruders, who were after money and jewelry, brought Terry to the living room.
The McCoys’ 40-year-old daughter, Terri Ann, was awakened by the commotion and went downstairs to investigate what was happening so late at night. Terri was shot five times on the second-floor landing by the fourth intruder, who was standing guard at the kitchen door. The attackers had made Terry open the safe, and he then collapsed to the ground. While lying on the ground, Terry heard gunshots, but he was unaware that his own daughter had been shot.
The intruders broke in, took $500,000 worth of jewelry, and then left the area after emptying the safe. Terri’s 33-year-old girlfriend of 10 years, Tara McCoy, rushed to her assistance as the robbers escaped. Terry reportedly heard her daughter rush to her and exclaim, “I’m dying.” Terri was transported to Christiana Hospital in Delaware by emergency personnel and was later pronounced dead there from multiple gunshot wounds.
Who was Terri McCoy’s killer?
The four intruders were wearing ski masks, except for Seth Dallas Jedlicka, the 16-year-old who was the group’s youngest member at the time. He was dressed only in war paint. Geraldine took a chance, memorizing every detail of Seth’s face when she was in the throes of a deadly home invasion. According to court records, she promised to memorize Seth’s face well enough to help the police subsequently produce an accurate composite drawing of him. With the use of that and the monitoring of the jewelry that the intruders sold for $30,000 to a jeweler in Philadelphia, one of whom was Seth of Middletown, the investigators came up with four suspects in the home invasion.
When the police searched Seth’s home in February 2010, he was nowhere to be found, and reports state that his family was unaware of his whereabouts. On March 15, 2010, Seth and one of the four suspects were apprehended by Miami, Florida, police. On March 24, 2010, while chatting on a phone that was being recorded in the county jail, Seth allegedly implicated himself. Six witnesses reportedly identified Seth as a participant. Due to all of this supporting evidence and the help of one of the intruders who had entered into a plea agreement, Seth was found guilty of Terri’s murder and robbery.
Where is Seth Jedlicka at this time?
Even after the victim was on the ground after being shot numerous times, Seth was accused by the McCoy family of being the meanest and most nasty throughout the trial. He “cockily smirked” as he removed goods from the bedroom safe. VanCulin, the couple’s other daughter, even alleged that Seth had degraded her father by forcing him to parade about the house in nothing but his underwear.
The state did not assert that Seth was the shooter; rather, they sought a conviction for criminal murder. He was convicted of theft exceeding $100,000, armed robbery, burglary in the first degree, use of a pistol during the commission of a felony, first-degree assault, first-degree felony murder, and conspiracy to commit the above charges.
His travel to Florida was an admission of “a realization of his own guilt,” the judge found. Seth was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder, but all but 60 years of his sentence were eventually suspended. Seth was given a total of 60 additional years in jail for the other crimes, which will be served concurrently with his murder conviction.
According to court records, he is currently incarcerated at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, where he must serve out the length of his sentence—at least 30 years—before being qualified for parole. On August 29, 2017, Seth filed an appeal against the sentence reduction. However, his appeal was denied.