Douglas Glenn Parker, 54, was charged with the June 1, 2012 murders of his mother Edna Fields, 71, and his sister Rebecka June Wade, 45, at the Field’s home in Ranger.
Parker’s case was brought before Magistrate Judge John Leggett on Thursday, Nov. 8 to determine if there was probable cause for Parker’s arrest.
Earl Glover of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) gave his account of the crime scene and the investigation of the murders.
Glover said the GBI office was notified by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, and said he arrived on the scene during the early morning of June 2.
Glover recounts walking up to the house and seeing two .22 caliber shell casings lying on the front porch, and two lying next to the body of Edna Fields, who was lying in the doorway.
“She had been shot one time in the head,” Glover said.
Glover then said he walked into the house and went into the front bedroom where Rebecka Wade’s body was lying on the bed on her back.
“She had been shot multiple times,” Glover said. “She had gunshot wounds in her face, chest, abdominal area and a graze wound on her wrist area.”
Authorities believe the violence stemmed from a prior domestic dispute, which landed Douglas Parker in the Gordon County jail May 21, 2012 for a battery charge against his mother.
Glover said the scene was processed by Audie Murphy of the GBI, and a fingerprint was taken off a box of ammunition that was found in the same room as Wade’s body.
After sending the fingerprint to the lab, Glover said the fingerprint came back as a match to Parker. The authorities then issued a warrant for his arrest.
Douglas Parker and his wife Janet Parker were found pulled over on the side of the road in North Carolina by authorities. After the police searched the Parker’s vehicle they found Edna Field’s pill bottles, .22 caliber gun and ammunition.
The authorities arrested Janet Parker for theft by receiving, because she had allegedly taken the stolen pills, and drug trafficking, because of the amount of pills the authorities found, but they took Douglas Parker to a Medical Clinic because he was not able to clearly speak to the authorities, according to Glover.
Glover said he went to North Carolina to interview Janet Parker, and she told him that Douglas Parker went to his mother’s house to find out why she had him arrested. Janet Parker said she received a phone call, and Douglas Parker told her everything was fine and then later he returned to their home.
Janet Parker said her husband told her he had pulled a gun on his sister while he was there, and she gave him the pills, according to Glover.
Janet Parker said they had already planned on going on a vacation, so they started driving. Douglas Parker gave her some pills and said, “We are going to enjoy this; we need to enjoy this,” according to Glover.
Janet Parker said they were supposed to stay in Georgia, but they started taking the pills and she does not remember how they had got to North Carolina, according to Glover.
Glover said he went to North Carolina to also interview Douglas Parker, but he declined to cooperate. The second time Glover tried to interview Douglas Parker he had an attorney present and was advised not to speak.
Douglas Parker was then extradited back to Gordon County on the charges of two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of murder.
After District Attorney Joseph Campbell and Parker’s attorney questioned Glover, Judge Leggett concluded there was probable cause for Douglas Parker’s arrest.
His case will be heard before a grand jury at a later time and date.