Witness Says He Saw Parker Put Gun To Head Of Friend And Pull The Trigger

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Christopher Parker
Christopher Parker

A witness testified Tuesday that he saw one of his friends put a gun to the head of another friend and pull the trigger.

Andrew Biro testified in General Sessions Court that 24-year-old Robert McClure slumped to the floor and was dead just after the gunshot from Christopher Levi Parker on Feb. 1 in Hixson.

He said he had known both men for about 10 years.

Judge Lila Statom set an $800,000 bond for Parker, calling it "a cold-blooded killing."

She bound a charge of first-degree murder to the Grand Jury. A charge of aggravated assault was dismissed.

Biro said Parker had come over a short time earlier to the trailer on Hixson Avenue where he had been spending time with his girlfriend.

He said Parker was holding a pistol in his hand while in the trailer. He said Parker put the gun in his waistband as they walked over to McClure's nearby trailer.

He testified that Parker said he was going to settle a beef with McClure. Biro said he thought about whether or not to go along, but decided to do so "to keep anybody from being jumped" and "to make sure it was one-on-one."

The witness said another young man named T.Y. also went along and witnessed the killing.

Biro said he knocked on the door and McClure opened it. He said McClure was there with his dog.

He said they all took a seat, then Parker asked McClure why he had been "using my name."

The witness said McClure said he did not know what he was referring to and then both men stood up. He said Parker pulled out the pistol, put it to McClure's temple, and then pulled the trigger.

Biro said McClure "fell to the floor. He was bleeding."

He said when the men had stood up he urged them to "chill it, chill it."

Biro said he started to go out the back door, but he went along with Parker and T.Y. back up the hill to where the girlfriend had been. He said, "I was panicking."

He said he went into the trailer and told others there to leave. He said, "I didn't know what frame of mind he (Parker) was in."

He said he called his mother to pick him up. He said as soon as he got in her car he asked her to call 911.

Biro said before his mother picked him up that Parker told him he would kill him if he told anyone what he had seen.

Biro said he had not seen Parker for about five months when he showed up that afternoon.

Parker's record includes burglary, felony meth, driving charges and failure to come to court, it was stated.

Prosecutor Lance Pope said there was bad blood between the two families involved. Judge Statom urged them not to compound the tragedy. She had the victim's family leave first and told the Parker side to wait 15 minutes in the courtroom, then leave. 

 

From left are Christopher Parker, attorney Wendy Stanfield, witness Andrew Biro, Judge Lila Statom and prosecutor Lance Pope
From left are Christopher Parker, attorney Wendy Stanfield, witness Andrew Biro, Judge Lila Statom and prosecutor Lance Pope

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