We discovered LATE this afternoon a north Georgia judge denied bond for a former LaFayette police officer accused of killing his estranged wife. Sam Parker appeared in Walker County court Tuesday trying to get bond. Judge Jon Wood took it under advisement after more than two hours of testimony. Three people testified in that hearing Sam Parker had threatened to kill them in the past. Theresa Parker has been missing now for more than 11 months. The office of Sam Parker's attorney confirmed to us less than 90 minutes ago bond was denied.
UPDATED at 1:40 p.m.: Sam Parker being held in Catoosa County jail.
A Walker County Superior Court judge on Thursday denied bond for Sam Parker, the former LaFayette police sergeant charged with the murder of his wife, Theresa Parker.
Judge Jon “Bo” Wood handed down the decision.
In a hearing Tuesday at the Walker County courthouse in LaFayette, Judge Wood heard more than two hours of testimony from seven people, including several who said Sam Parker had threatened them. Some also testified that Parker had tried to commit suicide.
Parker, who was charged with murder on Feb. 4, has also been charged with making false statements, computer invasion of privacy and violation of oath by a public office Theresa Parker r. He was incarcerated at the Floyd County jail following his arrest.
According to court documents, Parker is being held in the Catoosa County jail.
Parker’s attorney is David Dunn with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit’s public defender office in LaFayette. Dunn lives in Catoosa County.
Ok so the bond was denied 4 months ago. Is there going to be a grand jury hearing? What is the court system waiting on? The longer this drags out who has the better chance of winning in court? Has public opinion faded? Be honest with yourself look at this board alone and how much is posted each week. Forget everyday TP is far closer to me than Stacy Peterson but alot of those boards are posted on several times a day. Does anyone know if the court system has any reason for letting this drag on?
If you think about the Meredith Emmerson case Gary Hilton was in a court room the same month. Bobby Cutts and Jessie Davis case in Canton Ohio was expedited through the court system as well. Yes I do understand in both cases confessions were made but those court systems were not a case of "well, when we get around to it".