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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

[GA] DA: Ex-LaFayette Police Sgt. Sam Parker "is a cockroach who runs when you turn the lights on."

Theresa Parker

[SEE POST COMMENTS BELOW FOR UPDATES UNTIL VERDICT IS REACHED]

RISE AND SHINE. IT'S 3:00 A.M MY TIME SO I'M GUESSING OVER IN GEORGIA THINGS ARE BEGINNING TO MOVE. BETWEEN EVERY OTHER THOUGHT I'M ANTICIPATING A LONG AWAITED MOMENT THIS MORNING - PRESUMING IT WON'T TAKE THE JURY LONG TO DECIDE THE VERDICT IN THE SAM PARKER MURDER TRIAL. WAKE UP! LET'S GET THIS GOIN'!

ALARM CLOCKS IN GEORGIA ARE RINGIN', CLOCK RADIOS ALARMS ARE BLASTING TUNES, AND THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T SLEEP AT ALL. THERE'S A SURREAL FOG OVER THE APPROACHING MORNING - AS IF THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE RIGHT ENDING.

FYI - I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING THE ARTICLES EVERY DAY AND MANY OF THE VIDEOS DURING THE COUPLE OF WEEKS OF TRIAL, BECAUSE, WELL, THAT'S WHAT I DO. THE NEWS WAS PLENTIFUL AND WAS SOOOO DEEP, AND SO FULL OF TESTIMONY THAT I HAD NO IDEA WAS COMING - THAT IF I HAD TRIED TO KEEP THE BLOG UPDATED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A FULL-TIME JOB. I POSTED WHEN THE TRIAL STARTED - WITH SOME EXCERPTS AND THEN WAS RELIEVED TO REALIZE THAT EITHER YOU CARE OR YOU DON'T. IF YOU CARE, YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE TRIAL DETAILS WITH OR WITHOUT ME.

SO HERE WE ARE. WHILE I WAIT ANXIOUSLY I HAD TO COME MAKE AT LEAST A LITTLE NOISE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THE AIR IS TENSE AND MANY HEARTS ARE HOPING. MANY PRAYERS FOR THE JURY ARE BEING LIFTED.

IT ISN'T ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THINK HAPPENED - BECAUSE I DOUBT THAT THERE ARE MANY THAT WOULD DISAGREE ON THAT - BUT WHAT FITS THE LEGALITY OF A CONVICTION IN THE JURY'S EYES. GEORGIA HAS RARELY PROSECUTED A MURDER WITHOUT A BODY, BUT AS THE EVIDENCE MOUNTED IT SEEMED LESS AND LESS NECESSARY TO SEE HER. YOU COULD FEEL HER THROUGH THE MANY WITNESSES.

SHE WAS STANDING RIGHT AT THE DOOR OF A BRAND NEW FEAR-FREE LIFE. STRONG, BRAVE, AND SURE. SO BEAUTIFUL AND CONFIDENT.

I LOVE NOT HAVING TO BE OBJECTIVE. I AM NOT A REPORTER AND I DON'T TRY TO BE. I'M SOME LADY WITH A COMPUTER THAT IS PISSED OFF ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS TO DEAL WITH OFFICER-INVOLVED DOEMSTIC VIOLENCE. THAT MEANS THAT I CAN POST HERE WHAT ROME NEWS TRIBUNE REPORTER JOSH O'BRYANT WROTE IN HIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE PROSECUTION'S CLOSING ARGUMENTS WITHOUT QUOTING HERE WHAT HE RECORDED OF THE DEFENSE ARGUMENTS. BUT THE LINK IS HERE, IT'S A WELL DONE BALANCED ARTICLE AND YOU ARE INVITED TO READ IT IN IT'S ENTIRETY.


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SAM PARKER MURDER TRIAL, DAY 11

Closing arguments; jury begins deliberations
Rome News Tribune, catwalkchatt.com
by Josh O'Bryant <-- WOW - WHAT A REPORTER!!!!
Aug 31, 2009

[EXCERPTS] In day 11 of the Sam Parker murder trial, the defense and prosecution on Monday gave their closing arguments in a courtroom filled with about 100 onlookers. After the closing arguments, the jury began deliberations about 3:30 p.m. They requested print photos from Sam Parker’s fishing trip with Bill Slack, which included shots of bruises on Sam Parker’s arms... Judge Wood dismissed court for the day shortly before 5 p.m. The jury will return Tuesday morning for further deliberation... After a short recess, district attorney Leigh Patterson gave a 58-minute closing statement to the jury... She said Sam took an oath as an officer and violated it and murdered his wife. “He had 72 hours to clean up the crime scene and he knew how to did it,” Patterson said of Sam and his numerous experiences with working around crime scenes... “We submit to you that Theresa Parker is dead” and Sam Parker murdered her... “He (Sam) is a cockroach who runs when you turn the lights on... Ladies and gentlemen, nobody leaves Sam Parker... In his mind she has betrayed him and there is not one shred of evidence that Theresa Parker was unfaithful to that man,” Patterson said. Patterson recalls [neighbor] Virginia Cordell’s video deposition, in which Virginia said Sam told her, “If she (Theresa) would come outside, I would shoot her in the head”...This is the guy who ….” Patterson reminded the jury that the reason Theresa’s family and Sam’s ex-wife did not call the police was “because, as they said, he was the police.” Patterson ended by saying that Sam was the person Theresa Parker would come home to every night and that Theresa was almost out of the situation with Sam and was starting her life over again in a peaceful way. Patterson asked the jury to “give her the peace she so desperately wanted.”

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6 comments:

  1. ...Former LaFayette City Councilman Max Morrison also said Chief Richardson ignored Mr. Parker's abuse of his ex-wife Keila Beard...

    Testimony gives insight into culture of police
    By: ChloƩ Morrison
    Aug. 31, 2009
    LaFAYETTE, Ga. - Over the two weeks of testimony in Sam Parker's murder trial at least a dozen law officers have spoken, giving the public rare insight into Walker County's police culture... "We depend on each other more than friends do," LaFayette Sgt. Benji Clift said during his testimony. Several in law enforcement said Mr. Parker seemed to resent being investigated by his fellow officers... During their testimony, many officers also spoke about the unusual - sometimes offensive and irreverent - sense of humor that officers use to relieve stress. District Attorney Leigh Patterson often brought up comments Mr. Parker made about knowing how to kill and to hide a body where it could never be found. Some said Mr. Parker's humor wasn't always funny, and others told Mr. Parker's public defender, David Dunn, that the comments could be explained as jokes, not as intent to murder... Some younger officers said they felt left out of Chief Richardson's clique, which was made of up officers who had more than 20 years of experience. They also said their chief overlooked bad behavior from those in his favored group. Former LaFayette City Councilman Max Morrison also said Chief Richardson ignored Mr. Parker's abuse of his ex-wife Keila Beard... http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/aug/31/testimony-gives-insight-into-culture-of-police/

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  2. UPDATE:

    TO SEE LATEST GOOGLE NEWS GO HERE

    LATEST ARTICLES POSTED THERE:

    Jury At 8-4 On Sam Parker Murder Charge, But To Continue Talks
    The Chattanoogan - 1 hour ago
    A jury from Bartow County said late Tuesday they are currently at 8-4 on a murder charge against former LaFayette Police Sgt. Sam Parker, who is charged ...

    Sam Parker murder trial, day 12: So far, jury is split
    Daily Citizen - 1 hour ago
    After a little more than a day of deliberating, the jury in the Sam Parker murder trial is split. On Tuesday, day 12 of the trial, the jury told the court ...

    Sam Parker murder trial, day 12: So far, jury is split
    The Daily Citizen - 1 hour ago
    After a little more than a day of deliberating, the jury in the Sam Parker murder trial is split. On Tuesday, day 12 of the trial, the jury told the court ...

    Jury Still Split Over Sam Parker Murder Charge
    WDEF News 12 - 2 hours ago
    The jury has gone home for a second day at the Sam Parker Trial without reaching a verdict. But we do know more about what they're thinking. ...

    Jury Reaches Parker Verdicts, But Not on Murder Charge
    WTVC - John Madewell - 2 hours ago
    The jury in the Sam Parker murder trial have apparently reached "Guilty" verdicts in three charges against Sam Parker, but they have not reached a decision ...

    Parker jurors split on murder charge
    Rome News Tribune - Josh O'Bryant - 2 hours ago
    by Josh O'Bryant After a little more than a day of deliberating, the jury in the Sam Parker murder trial is split. On Tuesday, day 12 of the trial, ...

    Sam Parker
    Rome News Tribune - Josh O'Bryant - 2 hours ago
    After a little more than a day of deliberating, the jury in the Sam Parker murder trial is split. On Tuesday, day 12 of the trial, the jury told the court ...

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  3. UPDATE: Awaiting Parker Verdicts
    John Madewell
    September 02, 2009 12:51 PM
    One member of the jury changed his or her mind late this afternoon in the murder trial of Sam Parker... This afternoon, the jury forelady told the court they were making progress and are now nine-three in their vote tally...
    http://www.newschannel9.com/news/awaiting-984294-parker-verdicts.html

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  4. Found guilty 9-3-2009 malice murder!

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  5. Glad that they found her and her family can finally lay her to rest.

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