PARRISH, MELVIN LEE,
DOB 6-24-63, was sentenced to death on February 1, 2001 in Jefferson
County for two counts of murder, criminal attempted murder, robbery I
and persistent felony offender I.
On December 5, 1997, Parrish stabbed
and killed a 6-month pregnant woman and her 8-year old son. He also
stabbed her 5-year old son 9 times. The 5-year old survived the attack.
Parrish was trying to take money from the woman when the offenses took
December 5, 1997, this killer stabbed and killed a woman who was six-months
pregnant, and her 8 yr. old son. He also stabbed the woman's 5 yr.
old son 9 times. The five year old survived and was able to identify
the killer as the person who stabbed his mother and brother to death.
Parrish was trying to take money from the woman when the murders
occurred. Parrish was sentenced on Feburary 1, 2001 in Jefferson
Parrish was found
guilty by a jury of intentionally murdering his cousin, Rhonda Allen,
and her ten-year-old son, LaShawn, on December 5, 1997. He was also
found guilty of attempting to murder Rhonda's five-year-old son,
Jonathan. These crimes were committed in the course of a robbery.
was sentenced to death for the murder of the child ; life without
parole for the murder of the female victim ; 20 years enhanced to life
for the attempted murder of the second child, and 20 years enhanced to
50 years for the robbery.
At trial, there was
evidence introduced that Parrish and others had spent the daytime of
the murders smoking crack cocaine. The evidence indicates that Parrish
asked his cousin to return the money he had paid her earlier that day
for crack cocaine.
When she refused, he
stabbed her multiple times and took the money. The stabbing occurred
in the living room of her apartment and Parrish then went to a back
bedroom where he assaulted the children . One child survived and was
able to testify that Parrish had attacked him and his brother.
a taped statement made to police the morning after the murders,
Parrish admitted stabbing Rhonda, "I asked her twice (to borrow back
the money) and she said no and I guess I killed her." However, he
denied doing anyharm to the children.
prosecution introduced evidence at trial from a jailhouse informant
who testified that while he was incarcerated with Parrish, the accused
told him that he had committed the acts and intended to avoid
conviction by faking insanity.