Angie Housman's alleged killer pleads not guilty

Angie Housman's alleged killer pleads not guilty

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — The man accused of killing 9-year-old Angie Housman in 1993 pleaded not guilty Monday.

Earl W. Cox, 62, was indicted last month on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree sex abuse. Cox didn't appear in court, but waived his arraignment, having public defender Michael Sato file the plea before Judge Daniel Pelikan.

Cox was charged in June with murder, kidnapping and sodomy in the girl's death, but a St. Charles County grand jury in October declined to indict him on the kidnapping charge.

Earl Webster Cox

Earl Webster Cox, 61, has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of 9-year-old Angie Housman in 1993. St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar said his DNA was found on her clothing. Mugshot courtesy of St. Charles County authorities

Cox has been incarcerated since 2003, when he was convicted of being an administrator for an international online child pornography network. He completed his sentence for that crime in 2011, but authorities designated him a sexually dangerous person and kept him incarcerated at the Butner Medium Security Facility in North Carolina.

In 1982, Cox was convicted of molesting four girls he babysat while stationed at an Air Force base in Germany. He was released in 1985 but sent back to prison in 1992 after he was arrested on suspicion of inappropriate contact with two girls in Overland.

Angie Housman

Angie Housman, abducted schoolgirl St. Ann.

Angie disappeared from her school bus stop in November 1993 — about 11 months after Cox's release. Police say he was living just blocks from where she was last seen. The fourth grader from St. Ann later was found dead in a wooded area in St. Charles County.

Post-Dispatch coverage of the charges against Earl Cox in the Angie Housman case

Angie Housman was abducted and murdered in 1993, and until 2019, no one was charged in the case. In June, St. Charles County prosecutors announced charges against Earl Webster Cox, a child molester and former Air Force veteran.

Joel Currier • 314-340-8132

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