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.
The past few months have seen a flurry of murder-without-a-body (hereby christened “MWAB”) cases. They just keep coming down the track one after another. I’m glad prosecutors are getting bolder about these; I only hope they can prove their cases.
Here’s a rundown of all the recent ones I know about, that aren’t mentioned on Charley yet:
In September, longtime suspect Steven Lorenzo was charged with the murder of Jason Galehouse, who disappeared in 2003 from Florida.
In October, Vernon and Deborah Calloway were charged with the murder of Patricia Calloway. who disappeared in 1993 from Kentucky. They were her ex-siblings-in-law.
Also in October, William Cumber was charged with the murder of Sabine Musil-Buehler, who’s been missing from Florida since 2008. Cumber was her boyfriend.
In November, Danny Ross Giles was charged with the murder of Tracey Brazzel, who vanished from Washington in 1995. He was also charged with the murder of another local young woman who disappeared around the same time and was found a week later.
Also in November, Chester Price was charged with the murder of Andrea Gail Parsons. She’s been missing from Florida since 1994.
This month, Ed Henline Sr. and his son Ed Jr. were charged with the murder of Hannah Zaccaglini, as I previously noted on this blog. Hannah’s been missing from California since 1997.
Also this month, Leila Mulla and Dalton Dunnagan have been charged with the murder of Gary Kergan, who disappeared from Louisiana in 1984. They had actually been arrested for his murder right after it happened, but released for lack of evidence.
Also, in November, Dion Kaseta was convicted of manslaughter in the case of Kimberly Mimmovich, who’s been missing from Florida since 2001. He was her boyfriend.
And the trial in the Rilya Wilson case is ongoing.
I think that’s all of them.