Ad Spot

June 20, 2021

Alabama cop accused of murder takes stand in trial

Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a suicidal man.

Huntsville Officer William Darby testified on his own behalf Wednesday, telling jurors he opened fire after Jeffrey Parker refused to drop a weapon. Darby described seeing Parker with a gun as two other officers stood nearby, WHNT-TV reported. Darby said the man shrugged when ordered to put down the gun, and he shot Parker once in the head with a shotgun.

The defense, which rested its case later Wednesday, argues that the shooting on April 3, 2018, was a justified case of self-defense, but prosecutors contend Darby killed the man without cause since Parker had a gun but never pointed his weapon at police.

Huntsville is the major city in north Alabama. A city review cleared Darby of wrongdoing, and he remains on the force with taxpayers helping fund his defense.

Police went to the home of Parker, 43, after he called 911 saying he intended to kill himself. Before Darby arrived, Genisha Pegues, who recently resigned as an officer, and Officer Justin Beckles talked with Parker, who was holding a gun to his head.

Pegues testified that she wasn’t pointing her weapon at Parker and didn’t feel threatened, news outlets reported.

“My goal was to see where he was as far as his mental state,” Pegues testified Tuesday. “My goal was to keep him talking, talk about other solutions than taking his life.”

The situation changed quickly when Darby arrived as backup. He ran to the front door of Parker’s home, yelled at Pegues to point her gun at the man and told Parker to drop the gun. When Parker failed to do so, Darby shot him in the face from across a room within seconds, video showed.

Darby later told an investigator that Pegues was in danger because she wasn’t pointing her weapon at Parker and didn’t have any cover.

“I regret it being necessary, but I do not regret my action,” Darby said in a video shown to jurors.

While the defense argues the shooting was a justified case of self-defense, prosecutors contend Darby killed the man without cause, since Parker never pointed his weapon at police.

News

Tropical Storm Claudette spawns suspected tornado, damages parts of Alabama

News

Alabama man killed after allegedly pointing gun at deputies

News

Plan to land spacecrafts at Alabama airport under consideration by FAA

News

Descendants of Alabama slave owners sell property for new Africatown hub

News

Man indicted for murder in Georgia after Alabama judge drops charges

News

First recorded Longhorn triplets born on Alabama farm

News

Alabama asks court to dismiss part of suit over prisons

News

Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Alabama Gulf Coast

News

Alabama mayor: Former police chief refused to hire Black officers

News

Sentencing delayed for Mississippi ex-mayor and his wife convicted of federal conspiracy

News

Louisiana giving away $2.3M in prizes to encourage vaccines

News

Gov. Ivey: Alabama state offices to close for Juneteenth holiday

News

Jobs? Housing? Recreation? What makes these the best counties to live in Alabama?

News

Mo Brooks seeks arrest of man who served papers in garage

News

Two charged with murder in death of woman first ruled suicide

News

Police unable to immediately find motive for deadly fire hydrant plant shooting

News

Alabama congressman among 21 who voted against Congressional medal for officers in Jan. 6 riot

News

Officials: Suspects started vehicle fire to distract police as they broke into Alabama pharacy

News

Police: Gunman dead after killing 2 at Alabama fire hydrant factory

News

Think you know where the most diverse counties in Alabama are? Think again. Check our list here.

News

Investigation reveals US military guns lost, stolen from Alabama bases

News

Alabama attempted murder suspect turns himself in after seeing his face on Crime Stoppers segment

News

With discovery of body of elderly woman, Alabama city has already surpassed last year’s number of homicides

News

Hyundai halts Alabama production line amid parts shortage