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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — The man charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Angie Housman about 25 years ago is scheduled to appear in a St. Charles County courtroom July 9.

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

Earl Webster Cox, 61, is being extradited this week from a federal prison in North Carolina. He is expected to arrive on Wednesday at the St. Charles County Jail.

A case review hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 9 before St. Charles Circuit Judge Terry Cundiff.

Cox has been in federal custody 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 the government deemed him a sexually dangerous person and kept him incarcerated at the Butner Medium Security Facility in North Carolina.

Angie Housman

Angie Housman, abducted schoolgirl St. Ann.

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 disappeared from her school bus stop in November 1993 in St. Ann — about 11 months after his release. Police say he was living just blocks from where she was last seen at the time. 

The discovery of DNA on Angie's underwear combined with advances in DNA technology led investigators to Cox in March.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date for Earl Cox's upcoming court appearance. 

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.

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