Update: 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." See motion posted below.
"Criminal is what I think is going on and what has happened to my dad" said the son of accused killer Wayne Parish. He was indicted for murder in the shooting death of 17 year-old Charles McDonald last June. The shooting occurred when McDonald jumped out of his mom's car and ran away when she attempted to take him to Henley-Young Youth Detention Center. Parish confronted McDonald as he broke into a secretary's car. Security camera video shows a struggle over the gun taking place when McDonald was killed. JPD declined to arrest him at the time. The police report is posted below.
Josh Parish, the son of Wayne Parish, said his father shot Charles McDonald in self-defense. Josh said Performance Oil employees heard McDonald breaking into the car. Wayne Parish and three women were the only employees on the premises. His father went outside with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. Josh said "my dad's intention was to scare him off. He just wanted him to leave. He told him to leave several times but he refused to do so. My dad was trying to keep the car between him and the kid. The kid finally got to him and the struggle for the gun began. He was a pretty big kid." He said his father even fired a warning shot into the ground.
The family provided a copy of this photo that was taken after the shooting. Wayne went to the doctor for an examination shortly after the incident. The picture shows two marks on his face.
Josh said his father told him "I thought if he got that gun, he was going to kill me." Josh said that at some point in the struggle, the gun was fired and McDonald was shot twice in the chest. Josh said his family didn't think Wayne would face criminal charges because JPD officers said they were classifying the homicide as one of self-defense and thus justifiable.
A Hinds County grand jury indicted Wayne Parish for murder in September but he was not arrested until December 29. The family had no idea that Wayne was arrested. He did not show up for work that morning. The owner of the company was concerned and called the Copiah County Sheriff. Deputies conducted a welfare check at his home. Possessions such as his keys and cellphone were present. A search of local jails and hospitals yielded no results. The Sheriff finally saw that there was an active arrest warrant for Parish in the computer system and investigated. He informed the family that Wayne was arrested for murder and that the warrant classified him as "armed and dangerous".
Wayne is represented by attorney Merrida Coxwell. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning in Judge Kidd's courtroom. The prosecutors assigned to Judge Kidd are Shontae Washington, Kimalon Campbell, and Greta Mack. Mr. Coxwell has also filed a motion to set bond. Josh said the District Attorney has "no interest in talking to us."
Josh insisted on addressing any charges of alleged racism that has been made in social media. He said "my father has four mixed-race grandchildren. He's not racist. He doesn't have a racist bone in his body. My father lost a child when my brother drowned as a kid. He's been through alot. The last thing he wanted to do was shoot that kid that day and see that mother experience the tragedy of losing a child. I can promise you he shot McDonald in self-defense."
The younger Mr. Parish also said that he offered to provide copies of the security camera video (posted below) of the shooting to the local media. He said only WJTV accepted the offer but only posted a few seconds of the video. WJTV didn't provide any coverage of the video until this website posted it last Thursday.
Kingfish note: The Parish family also released this video about Wayne Parish. JJ has also been able to confirm with JPD sources that JPD considered the shooting to be one of self-defense.