Wayne Parish will have a chance to go free after Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd set bond for him this morning. Parish was indicted for murder in the shooting death of 17 year-old Charles McDonald last June. Parish attorney Merrida Coxwell requested a $50,000 bond. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith unexpectedly appeared for the prosecution. He said he did not object to the bond. He told the court that he learned of "the existence of a video of the incident three days ago" and had not had time to review it. Anxious friends and family packed the small courtroom as they anxiously waited to see if Parish would receive a bond.
|Attorney Merrida Coxwell addresses Judge Kidd|
The video shows McDonald walking down McDowell Road. His mother attempted to take him Henley-Young Youth Detention Center down the street but the troubled young man jumped out of the car and ran away. Troubled because his mother said he had been at Henley-Young eight times in the last two years. The video shows him walking across the property of Performance Oil. A Lexus ES350 attracted his interest. He picked up an object and apparently tried to smash open a window and gain access to the vehicle.
There were two outstanding warrants for McDonald's arrest at the time of the shooting. One involved a police chase. The motion for bond states that he was "involved in a house burglary and almost shot by homeowner."
The video shows Mr. Parish coming out of the office and confronting McDonald. The police report states the Vice-President of Performance Oil was carrying a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. Mr. Parish chases McDonald around the car. McDonald then charges at the businessman. There is a struggle and both men are apparently fighting over the gun. McDonald crumples to the ground when shots are fired as the rounds struck him in the upper torso. A pick-up truck pulls up and a woman who knew the deceased gets out of the vehicle. Police arrived on the scene within two minutes. The police report states that Mr. Parish submitted to an interview and was not charged with a crime. It also states the case was sent to a grand jury. He was arrested on December 29, 2016, two months after the grand jury returned the indictment. The indictment also states the incident took place on June 21, 2016.
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Post with copy of video and police report