Parker found guilty on murder charge

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A Carter County jury found James Eric Parker guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and kidnapping on Tuesday after an emotional final day in court.

Parker was convicted of killing Danny Watterson in June of 2006 and kidnapping his wife, Kimberley.

Family and friends shed tears as they looked on in court on Tuesday as the murder trial of James Eric Parker continued at the Carter County Courthouse.

Compelling arguments were made on Tuesday as attorneys for both sides made their closing statements. The jury saw its most intimate look yet into James Eric Parker's state of mind in the months leading up to Danny Watterson's killing

Judge Lee Card told the jurors Tuesday morning that they must arrive at a unanimous decision either guilty of manslaughter in the first degree, guilty of murder in the first degree, or not guilty of any charges.

The atmosphere in the courtroom Tuesday morning was extraordinarily emotional at one point when defense attorney John Echols read from Parker's private diary. His son broke down in the audience when he heard what his father had written about how proud he was of his children and his hopes for their future. Then, Parker himself started crying.

Now, the jury will reconvene at 9:30 Wednesday morning to decide if Parker will face the death penalty.


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  • by Bear Location: Carter County on Jan 16, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    Billy,Jess, and Republican if you are all male and married please keep your wives locked up. Cause if they should ever want out of their marriage to you, you might go out and murder someone and it would be your wife's fault. Makes sense to me.
  • by billy Location: denison on Jan 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    I think what jess said is right she put her boyfriend in that place and this is one more good reason not to cheat it never ends good
  • by Jess on Jan 16, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    I still believe that his wife is the cause of all this. SHE WAS CHEATING!!! Granted this guy did the WAY WRONG THING TO DO, but she knew what she was doing. And if she knew he was violent BEFORE she married him, then why did she follow through with the married. I was victim of abuse several years ago and I was at least smart enough not to marry the guy, and I wouldn't use my children as an excuse.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Jan 16, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    This crazy's wife should be sued in civil court for getting her lover killed. If I was the victim's family that's what I would do. She knew what kind of man she was married to and knew what he was capable of doing. Her hands aren't clean either!
  • by shelley Location: ardmore on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I believe no one has the right to take a life but, the people has no right to take one either. He will suffer enough to be without his family and children. Life behide bars forever will give him the time to know what he did was wrong. may god bless each and everyone in all familys.
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