A murder suspect admitted to deputies he pulled the trigger, all because he believed the murder victim had molested his five-year-old daughter.
Andrew James Cody appeared before a judge for the first time Monday, charged with first degree murder.
Deputies say he told them he waited for 65 year-old Lee Britton in Britton's home off Shadow Lane in London in Pope County and then shot him once in the head.
Cody's supporters believe his actions were justified.
"He did me a favor, my little girl could have been the next victim," said Heather Shrives-Dornan.
Before a judge, a deputy recounted his interview with Cody just hours after the murder.
"He stated he went into the residence to confront Mr. Britton about molesting his daughter," said deputy Sgt. Stephen Pack.
Pope County Sheriff Aaron Duvall confirmed to KARK, Thursday they received allegations Lee Britton sexually abused a child.
But deputies say Friday, Cody put trash bags over his shoes to conceal evidence and put one shot into Britton's head.
nothing I can say," Cody said in court, regarding his bond.
He was handed a half million dollar bond.
But outside the courtroom, his supporters were very vocal, saying they don't blame Cody one bit.
"I wish more daddies would stand up for their children like this, they should," said supporter Tara Laffoon.
Supporters of Lee Britton declined an on-camera interview, but soon, began a shouting match, calling out to Cody's supporters to prove the allegations of sexual abuse.
Deputies forced the crowd to break it up.
But people say as the case proceeds in court, they'll be back.
"This is what daddies have to do," Laffoon said.
While Cody's wife was originally arrested for being an accomplice to murder, the prosecutor says he won't be pursuing charges on her for now.
of 4:00 p.m. Monday, Cody had not yet posted bond. His next court
appearance is scheduled for July.