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UPDATE: Suspect Sentenced to Life in Prison for Double Murder

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UPDATE 5/1/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man from Boone County charged with killing his wife and mother-in-law will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Deputies say Timothy Parsons admitted to killing Leigh Ann Parsons and her mother, Gloria Kinder. Hours later, he showed the bodies to a 15-year-old girl in the home, tied her up and raped her, according to deputies.

Parsons was sentenced Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder.

The courtroom broke out in applause as the judge sentenced Parsons to life in prison without mercy. The judge told Parsons he's had plenty of opportunities to show mercy and he didn't.

"I don't know what to say. I'm sorry," Parsons said.

Before Parsons was sentenced, several people spoke out about the crime.

“You failed as a man, you failed as a husband, you failed as a father, you failed as a human being,” Jacob Thomas, a family member of the victims, said.

“Timothy Parsons, I don't know what got into you that day, but it was Satan,” Kay Linville said.

Linville says she grew up in the room where the murders happened. She still lives next door, and says the murder of her family members haunts her every day.

“When I go to bed at night, I see those murders in my mind and I think of what he did,” Linville said.

Parsons' uncle told the courtroom he is ashamed to call him his nephew.

"I'd like to see the court show him mercy, the same mercy he showed his wife and his mother-in-law," Tommy Parsons, Timothy Parson's uncle, said.

Parsons will serve two life sentences for the murders of his wife and her mother.



UPDATE 3/19/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Boone County accused of killing his wife and mother-in-law admitted to the crime on Tuesday.

During a hearing, Timothy Parsons pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Deputies say he admitted to killing Leigh Ann Parsons and her mother, Gloria Kinder. Hours later -- he showed the bodies to a 15-year-old girl in the home, tied her up and raped her, according to deputies.

Parsons is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1.

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UPDATE 9/26/12 @ 12:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of killing his wife and mother in-law, then raping a 15-year-old girl says he's innocent.

During his arraignment, Timothy Parsons pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to two counts of first-degree murder and sexual assault. Parsons was arrested back in May.

Deputies say he admitted to killing Leigh Ann Parsons and her mother, Gloria Kinder. Hours later -- he showed the bodies to a 15-year-old girl in the home, tied her up and raped her, according to deputies.

Parsons trial has been set for December 4.

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UPDATE 5/25/12 @ 11:55 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged in a double murder and sexual assault in Boone County appeared in court Friday.

Timothy Parsons is charged in the deaths of Gloria Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons.

The alleged crime happened on Tuesday, May 15, at 517 River Avenue in Bloomingrose. That's in Boone County.

Parsons appeared before a Boone County Magistrate Friday for his preliminary hearing where for most of the time Parsons' kept his eyes closed and his dead down.

During the hearing, a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy testified that Parsons killed the two women early in the day and then spent the day running around with a 15-year-old.

According to testimony, Parsons killed Leigh Anne following an argument over finances.

The deputy says the two started arguing for a second time and that's when Parsons slashed Leigh Anne's throat and killed her.

A few hours later Gloria came to the home to check on Leigh Anne. Deputies say Parsons admitted to Gloria that he killed her daughter, Leigh Anne and threatened to kill her if she didn't cooperate. Gloria allowed Parsons to tie her up but when she started yelling, Parsons came behind her and cut her throat.

A short time later, a 15-year-old living in the home came out of the shower and Parsons took her around town. Later that evening, the two returned home and watched movies together. That's when investigators say Parsons asked her to sleep with him and the victim refused.

"He told her she shouldn't refuse because if she did he would kill her," Chief Deputy Chad Barker with the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

Up until this point, the 15-year-old never asked about the Leigh Anne because she had been sick and in bed.

The deputy says the victim didn't believe the two women were dead.

"At that point, he took her upstairs in the residence and showed her the bodies," Chief Barker said. "She became very upset and began to basically resist Mr. Parsons. At that point, he forcefully took her down the steps into her bedroom, removed her clothing, removed his clothing, and sexually assaulted the 15-year-old juvenile."

Parsons stayed at the home for several hours before he left at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators say Parsons told her if she would break free or call police before 11:30 a.m. he would kill her.

A few hours later the girl was able to bite through the tape and break loose to get help. She also used a pair of scissors that were later recovered.

Deputies searched for several hours for Parsons until deputies in Kanawha County found him near a riverbank behind DuPont Middle School.

Investigators say Parsons confessed to the killings and a murder weapon was later found at the scene.

"He stated that the crimes were committed with the knife we located in the residence," Chief Barker said.

Parsons described the murder weapon as "a work tool," according to investigators.

"We want justice for my niece...that I love her and miss her very much and that's all I have to say," Leigh Anne's Aunt, Marietta Thomas said.

During Friday's hearing, the magistrate found probable cause to send Parsons' case to the grand jury.

Parsons remains behind bars without bond.

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UPDATE 5/20/12 @ 6:22 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Gloria Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder Parsons were laid to rest on Sunday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Boone County after being murdered last Monday night.

Leigh Anne and her mother, Gloria, were allegedly killed last week by Leigh Anne’s husband, Timothy Parsons. He then fled the law for two days before being captured on Wednesday morning behind Dupont Middle School in Kanawha County.

Parsons is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of sexual assault.

Police say that Parsons also sexually assaulted a 15-year old girl after he committed the murders.

Friends and family didn’t want to speak on camera on Sunday but said they are “brokenhearted.”



UPDATE 5/16/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An intense manhunt for a man accused of murder and rape ended in Kanawha County. That’s where Timothy Parsons was found early Wednesday morning, right behind Dupont Middle School.

"It's a little bit unclear how he settled in that specific spot, but we felt as though he would be in some type of location where he'd be hiding, not necessarily at an individuals house,” Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller said.

Parsons made a makeshift camp nearby in a wooded area behind the school. Neighbors said they had no clue this accused murderer was hiding so close to their homes.

"It's kind of surprising,” said Gill Heasley, neighbor and teacher at Dupont Middle School. “We got a close-knit neighborhood, a lot of families, a lot of kids through here. To think he was around there yesterday evening is pretty scary."

Police say Parsons killed his wife and mother-in-law Monday night at a house in Boone County and then sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Parsons was arraigned twice for two counts of murder and one count of sexual assault.

WSAZ.com questioned Parsons exclusively as he made his way to court in Boone County.

"Are you sorry for what you did?" WSAZ reporter Brooks Jarosz asked. "What do you think?"

Parsons replied. "Of course I am!"

Parsons appeared at ease and rather comfortable as he quietly listened to the charges against him.

"I couldn't believe it. I couldn't comprehend it," victim's aunt Kay Linville said. "But as squirrely as that guy is, I just know that something was wrong with him somewhere and evidently it went down as something that shouldn't have."

Many have been left asking why, and even investigators say they don't have a clear motive. Deputies say there was a fight between husband and wife Monday, but there was no known history of violence between the two.

"Did you love your wife?" Jarosz asked. "Yes," Parsons replied.

"You can't really get into someone's head as to what would cause them to commit a crime such as that," Miller said.

Parsons kept rather quiet, almost emotionless and is now left to ponder behind bars.

Police are still trying to figure out exactly how Parsons was able to get to Rand after ditching his car in Slaughters Creek, but they don’t think he acted alone.

"It's a pretty healthy bit of distance from where the car was located to where he was found,” Miller said. “And dealing with about an 18-hour time period from the point where he left the house until we got him, so we really don't think he got there on foot."

The investigation is ongoing.



UPDATE 5/16/12 @ 12:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged in a double murder and sexual assault in Boone County was arraigned on the charges in Kanawha County Wednesday.

After a day long manhunt, Timothy Parsons was taken into custody early Wednesday morning at a makeshift camp along the Kanawha River in Rand.

Parsons is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and second-degree sexual assault.

Investigators say Gloria Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons were stabbed to death by Parsons, who was Leigh Anne’s husband.

The alleged crime happened at 517 River Avenue in Bloomingrose. That's in Boone County.

According to the criminal complaint, the 15-year-old told investigators while she was taking a shower about 11 p.m. on May 14, Gloria went upstairs and found Leigh Anne's body with her throat cut.

Gloria was then confronted by Parsons who then bound her feet and hands and used a sharp instrument to cut her throat, killing her, according to the complaint.

Investigators say the juvenile states that's when Parsons told her he was going to have sex with her. After the victim said no, Parsons told her he killed Leigh Anne and Gloria and threatened to kill her if she didn't have sex with him, according to the complaint. Parsons then showed the juvenile the bodies of Leigh Anne and Gloria.

According to the complaint, Parsons then forcibly dragged the victim back downstairs to her bedroom and bound her hands and feet to the bed and assaulted her.

The 15-year-old told investigators Parsons stayed at the house until 9 a.m. Wednesday. A few hours later the girl was able to break lose from the bindings and get help.

Parsons appeared calm Wednesday morning when he was formally arraigned on the charges. Parsons will remain in jail without bond.

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UPDATE 5/16/12 @ 4 a.m.
RAND, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a brutal double murder and sexual assault has been arrested.

Timothy Parsons was taken into custody at a makeshift camp along the Kanawha River in Rand.

Investigators say Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons were stabbed to death by Parsons, who was Leigh Anne’s husband.

Police say he tied up a 15-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her.

The Boone and Kanawha County Sheriff's Departments, West Virginia State Police and Belle Police Department worked together to make the arrest at approximately 3:35 Wednesday morning.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com the arrest was made without incident.

Parsons will be arraigned in Kanawha County Wednesday morning and will then be taken back to Boone County.

Parsons is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.



UPDATE 5/15/12 @ 10:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crime scene tape cutting off the outside world from a horrific chain of events that happened inside a home on River Avenue in Bloomingrose -- that was the site Monday in one community.

"We don't even lock our doors at night,” said Billy Dickens, a neighbor. “That's how safe we felt until this. I guarantee y'all I'll be locking my doors and checking my windows from now on."

Neighbors and police are trying to make sense of what happened. Investigators say Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons were stabbed to death by Leigh Anne’s husband, Timothy. Then police say he tied up a 15-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her.

"After 32 years you've seen a lot of things that kind of mirror this, or mimic this, but when you have a young lady, a juvenile, in her teens that has witnessed the death of her mother and grandmother, it's pretty horrifying," Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller said.

For Kay Linville, this brutal crime hits even closer to home. Leigh Anne is her niece and the two lived next to each other.

"Leigh Anne was a very good, special person,” said Linville. “I loved her with all my heart. They didn't deserve this. I can tell you that much. It's a sad thing and nobody, nobody should ever have to go through something like this."

But now as this community tries to make sense of this crime, Linville is focused on helping a young girl who watched her mother and grandmother die before becoming a victim herself.

"She just cried in my husband's arms and said, 'What do I do? I don't have anybody. I don't have nobody,' " Linville said.

The search for Timothy Parsons continues. He’s about 6 feet tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has salt and pepper hair. Police believe he’s on foot and was last seen in southern Kanawha County. They don’t think he has any weapons but are still considering him dangerous.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call police.



UPDATE 5/15/12 @ 3:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two women are dead and the search for their killer is on.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com Sue Kinder and Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons were found stabbed to death in a home in Bloomingrose Tuesday afternoon.

A 15-year-old girl was also found in the home. Investigators say the girl had been tied up and sexually assaulted.

Deputies believe the murders and the sexual assault happened sometime Monday.

Deputies say they are looking for Timmy Parsons, 36, in connection with the murders. They believe he left the house about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Sherman Elementary was placed on a lockdown Tuesday because a girl related to the family attends class there. The lockdown has been lifted and students will be released at normal time.

We have a crew on the scene.

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UPDATE 5/15/12 @ 3 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several law enforcement agencies are on the scene of a double murder in the Bloomingrose area of Boone County.

West Virginia State Police say they got a 911 call about the incident early Tuesday afternoon.

State Police and the Boone County Sheriff's Department are currently on the scene. No other details are being released about the case.

Sherman Elementary School which is located nearby the crime scene has been placed on a total lockdown.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman says they were asked to put the school on lockdown by law enforcement.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for updates.



ORIGINAL STORY
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Boone County school officials tell WSAZ.com Sherman Elementary is under a total lockdown.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman says the lockdown was put into place at the request of law enforcement.

No information about what prompted the lockdown is being released at this time.

We have a crew on scene and will continue to update this story as we get more information.


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