The trial of Alton T. Jackson, Jr., the former KP police chief was once again delayed this time as the defense rested its case. This case had been postponed due to the fact that the district attorney did not have enough evidence for a successful prosecution. This is because during his visit to the scene of the crime, Jackson’s blood spattered shirt and boots were found at the scene. KP police chief Mike Meeks claimed that the blood on the shirt came from Jackson’s dog, whom he had taken to the scene to fetch coffee for the previous day. However, witnesses insisted that it was not the dog that stained the officer’s uniform. Meeks then asked for the services of a medical expert to determine whether or not the blood on the officer’s uniform came from the dog.
Attorneys for the defendant, Anthony Parker, then requested that the trial be continued until all the evidence was in. Parker had originally faced felony charges of murder and felony obstruction of justice, but the charges were later reduced to misdemeanor obstruction of justice. This was a reference to the fact that Parker had failed to cooperate with investigators and take his word when they asked for it during the investigation. The judge then refused to proceed with the trial date and ordered a new trial date. In a briefcase, Parker’s attorney, Mark Williams, asked the court to drop the obstruction charges against his client, claiming that they were trumped up and designed to give the prosecution a reason to file yet another charges against Parker.
Instead of going forward with the new trial date, however, the prosecution instead filed murder charges against Parker. The prosecution argued that because there was still insufficient evidence to prove that Parker had killed his wife and child, he should not be considered a person legally competent to stand trial on the murder charges. This argument was made even more problematic by the fact that both the district attorney and the judge had previously concluded that there was sufficient evidence that Parker had in fact killed his wife and child. Because the charges against Parker were later dropped, the defense was left with only the physical evidence that could connect him to the crime and a murder that he claims he does not commit. This evidence points to a pattern of violent behavior, including at least one incident of an argument between Parker and his wife prior to the fatal shooting.
Although the defense initially believed that the testimony of the victim’s son was not reliable, the courts found otherwise. The son’s testimony was consistent with other statements he had given detectives after he witnessed the shooting. Specifically, the investigator noted that Parker had been arguing with his wife prior to the killing, at which point something went missing from the car and was later discovered by the son. Another key detail that came to the attention of the investigating officer was that there were no witnesses to the killing and that there was no proof that any weapon was taken from the scene.
The prosecution’s chief witness for the case, Det. Vincent Pollock, Jr., failed to obtain the testimony of any witnesses who could contradict the testimony of Parker. Yet another major problem with the evidence against Parker included the use of a single fingerprint from one of the deceased’s acquaintances. According to testimony, the fingerprint belonged to Parker but was not present on any of the victim’s clothing or in any of the victim’s blood. Though the courts initially found this evidence sufficient to convict Parker, they ultimately overturned the conviction due to lack of evidence and testimony, and Parker was finally cleared of all charges.
In a separate case, another man was found dead in the bathtub of his home. An autopsy indicated that he had been suffocated to death, and tests also revealed that he had significant amounts of cocaine in his system at the time of his death. An ATC Judge refused to allow the state to use this evidence in its overall case against James Parker. Instead, the state was required to use more neutral medical equipment to conduct tests proving that Parker was guilty of murder despite the fact that he had been high at the time of the murder.