Sam Parker is accused of killing his estranged wife, Theresa Parker, who was last seen on March 21, 2007. Her body has never been found.
The couple were in the beginning stages of a divorce and moving out of their house on Cordell Road in LaFayette. The two were living at separate residences at the time of Theresa Parker’s disappearance. Theresa Parker was in the process of moving to an apartment in Fort Oglethorpe, and Sam Parker was staying in the house of his recently deceased father in Trion.
District attorney Leigh Patterson submitted an audio recording and a transcript from the interview with Sam Parker by GBI Special Agent Jack Harris.
In the recording Sam Parker told Harris that when he returned to the Parker residence at 95 Cordell Ave. at around 7:45 a.m., while he was leaving to go fishing, Theresa’s Toyota 4Runner was still there, but she was not.
In the interview Sam Parker said he thought the relationship was OK, and he had no knowledge of the whereabouts of Theresa Parker but thought the disappearance was suspicious.
“She didn’t tell her mother she was going, she didn’t tell her sister she was going, which was strange,” Parker said in the interview.
He said in the interview that the bad feelings between them should be put on hold until she is found.
“All of this separation and divorce stuff is put on hold for this,” Sam Parker said. “I hope she is with somebody.”
Walker County sheriff’s detective David Gilleland testified he was the detective on the scene March 24, 2007 — when the missing person investigation began on Theresa Parker.
Gilleland said he and district attorney’s investigator Johnny Bass met Sam Parker at his late father’s residence in Trion and questioned him about Theresa Parker’s whereabouts that morning.
Harris, who took the stand Monday, said his portion of the investigation began at Theresa Parker’s apartment on Flagstone Drive in Fort Oglethorpe, where the investigators found various receipts from Lowe’s, The Gap and her Black Bear Lodge Reservation from Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Gilleland and Harris went to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, where the two men spoke to various witnesses after LaFayette public safety director Chief Tommy Freeman had spoken to 911 dispatcher Rhonda Knox.
Sam Parker was later called in to have his first interview with the GBI, which took place around 12:45 a.m. March 25, 2007.
The trial began Aug. 17 in Walker County Superior Court in downtown LaFayette before Judge Jon “Bo” Wood. It is expected to last three weeks.
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