Plea deal in Andrea Parsons disappearance

Chester Price, one of two suspects in the presumed murder of Andrea Parsons, has dropped his plea of not guilty of murder and changed it to no contest of reduced charges of kidnapping and manslaughter. (Always a chicken-guano plea in my opinion, “no contest” means the person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him of the crime.) In exchange, Price gets…ten years in prison. For the death of a little girl.

From this article, the prosecutor explains why: “If we went to trial on a case that has issues because of age, lost witnesses, death of witnesses, you could look at the possibility of a not guilty verdict which would mean there’d be no justice, not even a drop of justice for Andrea.”

This article provides further information on why the state’s case was so weak: It’s twenty years old, there’s no body, the star witness is not credible and he also happens to be dead.

The star witness is Claude Davis, the other suspect in Andrea’s disappearance. He was actually charged in her case, but they screwed that up and had to let him go and because of double jeopardy they couldn’t charge him again. Check out Andrea’s Charley Project casefile for details. I was unaware until now that Davis had died.

All of Andrea’s family has left the area and none of them were in court for the sentencing, but her mother submitted this letter.

Very sad.

Select It Sunday: Reuben Bennett Blackwell

Selected by Hannah, all the way back in November. It’s been awhile since I solicited suggestions.

Reuben Bennett Blackwell II‘s case is a profoundly scary family abduction; there’s a very real possibility that the child is dead. He was only three years old when his father, Reuben Sr., abducted him from Clinton, Maryland on May 6, 1996. If he’s still alive, he would be twenty-one.

Little Reuben’s parents were in the process of a divorce and Reuben Sr. had been acting crazy, to the point where, according to the mother, LITTLE Reuben suggested she call the police. He was three years old! Mom did go to the police, and the day Reuben was taken, the police served his father with an order requiring him to move out of the family home. In response he freaked out and fled with his son. A few days later, he sent a letter to his mother describing what his and little Reuben’s funerals should be like.

See what I mean?

To the best of my knowledge, since Reuben Sr. sent that letter there has been NO TRACE of him or his son. Not a single blip on the radar.

The only non-tragic explanation I can think of is that they’ve left the country, but to do that requires a substantial sum of money and a passport, and it would appear that this abduction was spontaneous so chances are Reuben Sr. didn’t have either.

But if they’re dead, where are their bodies?