Staunton police say the death of a man, found at Gypsy Hill Park Thursday morning, was no accident and they've arrested the person they believe is responsible for the killing.
The suspect is barely old enough to drive.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him with first-degree murder for the death of 26-year-old Julian Parrott. But, according to court records now denied to us, the suspect has a shocking accusation himself. The News Leader reports that in those court records, the suspect told police he had been paid by Parrott for sexual favors.
The affidavit filed at Staunton Circuit Court says Parrott was found with multiple stab wounds on Thursday morning when he was discovered dead at the Gypsy Hill Golf Course. When police looked at Parrott's cellphone, which was found in his pocket, the last number dialed was the suspect.
Police are looking into the suspect's claim.
"At this time, we're not seeking anybody else in reference to this. They appeared to be acquaintances, knew each other, and I don't believe that there's any actual threat to the community right now...Still working to investigate that and determine what the motive actually was,” said Jennifer Stevens, public information officer for the Staunton Police Department.
Parrott was an adult with special needs. He and the suspect both lived in Staunton.
At this time, the suspect is being held at the Shenandoah Valley Detention Center. We are also still waiting on the autopsy results.
City of Staunton Police Department Press Release On May 8, 2014, Staunton Police arrested a 16-year-old male of Staunton for first degree murder in connection with the homicide at Gypsy Hill Park golf course.
The victim has been identified as Julian L. Parrott, 26 of Staunton.
The juvenile is being held at the Shenandoah Valley Detention Center.
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