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Deputies: Middleburg man beats mother & shoots her in head

Cameron Kirk, 41, is charged with killing his mother, Paula, who was last seen in March

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – News4Jax has obtained the arrest report for the Clay County man suspected of killing his mother, which contains details that some might find disturbing.

Cameron Kirk, 41, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 65-year-old mother, Paula, who had been missing since March, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

As written in the arrest report, deputies went to Kirk’s mother’s home on Tuesday night to follow up on the disappearance. Investigators said Kirk told deputies that his mother packed clothes and that she might have gone to South Florida with a man. An investigator noted in the report “the faint odor of human decomposition.”

When deputies obtained a search warrant, they found a woman’s body in plastic wrap on the floor of the garage, according to the report.

Kirk was taken in for questioning, and according to the Sheriff’s Office, he admitted that he got into an argument with his mother in March and that he punched his mother in the face repeatedly before shooting her in the head with a shotgun.

Kirk, who is represented by a public defender, remains in custody at the Clay County jail where he is being held without bond. He made his first appearance before a judge on Thursday morning.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Ken Jefferson says in cases where human remains are found, the investigation can take quite awhile.

“They’ve got to be methodical. Take their time,” Jefferson said. “They’ve got to make sure that they’re covering every piece of evidence in that house, so they’re going to scour that house from top to bottom to make sure they don’t miss anything.”

Kirk’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 9.


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