Testimony recounts details in Parker murder trial

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Riveting testimony and details of a love triangle pushed to the breaking point. The James Eric Parker trial got underway on Friday.

We are learning more about the events that investigators say may have led to murder.

On Friday morning, the state's star witness, Kim Gilbert, was called to the stand, and delivered at times emotional testimony.

She described in detail her relationships with James Eric Parker and Danny Watterson, both of whom worked with her at a local tire plant.

She talked about how her then-husband Parker, first found out about her affair with Watterson by going through her cell phone records and later confronted her at knife-point in a locked bedroom and threatened her.

When asked to describe the experience, Gilbert said in her testimony that she was “terrified” and secretly dialed 911 for help, letting Parker think she was calling in sick to work instead.

On cross-examination, she admitted receiving at least one telephone call from Watterson the week she married Parker in Las Vegas.

When asked why she went through with the marriage despite her secret concerns about Parker's alleged violent tendencies, she replied "out of obligation...to my kids…and to him..."

Prosecutors asked why her numerous attempts to leave Parker after their marriage were unsuccessful.

"Because he had found me, he wouldn't willingly let me go if I wanted to," Gilbert said.

Gilbert later testified about the night Watterson was killed, saying she had gone to his home so they could watch movies together. Gilbert told the jury she heard a pop, glass shattering, and looked over her shoulder to see Parker standing outside the window with a gun in his hand.

Kim Gilbert then said she never saw Watterson move again.

Gilbert says she was in love with the victim, Mr. Watterson, and broke down on the stand a few times describing how she tried to leave her husband.

She also recalled her version of events in the 48 hours following the killing.

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  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Jan 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    Kim Gilbert is as guilty as her husband is for setting this guy up, she knew he was jealous SHE WAS CHEATING ON HIM and she may as well pulled the trigger herself.We all know women like this,has to be the center of attention every thing is about me,me,me.Now this idiot gets to raise these poor kids ?no father no stepfather, she needs to be in jail or a mental institution, believe me we will be hearing about her for a long time to come.This is a very sad story.
  • by carter b Location: ardmore on Jan 14, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    sounds like she had very bad judgement what was she thinking marrying a guy who was already unstable.. she brought this guy around her children.. that was just wrong.. having an affair can really take a toll on people invloled; its just sad that someone had to lose their life for this nonsense.. i hope justice is served...
  • by Jess on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    I know how hard it is to leave someone who won't let you go, being a beaten victim myself. I believe this lady could have used better judgement. She still married the guy, and a guy is now dead because she wasn't more careful. And she was cheating at that.
  • by FryTheGuy Location: North Texas on Jan 13, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    Fry him. Too bad charges cannot be pressed against her too. It was her bad judgment that brought all this on. She was the glue that linked the murdered to the murderer.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Jan 12, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Burn him at the stake!
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