Man accused of attack on Kathleen grandparents now faces attempted murder charges

bpurser@macon.comNovember 6, 2013 

Joshua Allen Cook

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury has upgraded charges against a 25-year-old man accused of shooting his grandparents in their Kathleen home.

Joshua Allen Cook initially was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the Oct. 20 incident.

On Tuesday, grand jurors indicted Cook on two counts each of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault as well as four counts of possession of a firearm during a crime.

Cook is accused of shooting his grandmother, Rosylin Livingston, 67, twice in the head before shooting his grandfather, Tom Livingston, 70, once in the head.

Tom Livingston said he was able to wrestle the gun away from his grandson and subdue him until Houston County sheriff’s deputies arrived. Rosylin Livingston crawled on her knees to her bedroom to call 911.

Authorities said Cook was intoxicated. But Tom Livingston said he thinks his grandson has some sort of mental disorder.

Cook is being held without bond at the Houston County jail. Judge Edward D. Lukemire ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Cook.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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