Businessman who molested 14-year-old girl commits suicide - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Businessman who molested 14-year-old girl commits suicide after verdict read

MARYVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

A businessman convicted in a Nodaway County courtroom of molesting a 14-year-old girl committed suicide moments after hearing the verdict.

Steve Parsons, 48, was found guilty on two counts of sodomy. The gallery and court officials were horrified when minutes after the verdict was read he was convulsing in the courtroom after apparently swallowing a cyanide pill.

Parsons was pronounced dead at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Jesse Murphy from the Maryville Daily Forum newspaper told KCTV5 that authorities believe Parsons had the pill in his mouth when he entered the courtroom last Thursday. The pill went undetected by courthouse security.

Parsons, the owner of Parsons Tire and Battery in St. Joseph, was arrested in July 2011 in Gentry County where he was charged with two felony counts of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. His trial was moved to Nodaway County on a change of venue.

According to Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White, Parsons took a drink from a cup he was allowed to bring into the courtroom during jury deliberations, Murphy said. White says a preliminary report from the medical examiner indicates Parsons' death was a case of cyanide poisoning, adding that a search of Parsons' home and car revealed he had ordered cyanide to be shipped to his home.

A final report from the medical examiner's office is expected later this week.

Copyright2013 KCTV (MeredithCorp.)  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Fire Weather Forecast

    Fire Weather Forecast

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 11:51 PM EST2015-12-31 04:51:24 GMT
    Saturday, April 22 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-04-23 03:31:58 GMT

    Fire Weather Forecast April 22, 2017

    More >>

    Fire Weather Forecast April 22, 2017

    More >>
  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.78"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 14.80"; -/+ Year to Date -2.21".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.76"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 14.80"; -/+ Year to Date -2.21".

    More >>
  • APD hosts yard sale for officer, announces future event

    APD hosts yard sale for officer, announces future event

    Saturday, April 22 2017 6:36 PM EDT2017-04-22 22:36:44 GMT
    Officers held a yard sale Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)Officers held a yard sale Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)

    Folks at the Albany Police Department want to thank the community for participating in a yard sale Saturday. Members of the department held the sale at Veteran's Park in downtown Albany. 

    More >>

    Folks at the Albany Police Department want to thank the community for participating in a yard sale Saturday. Members of the department held the sale at Veteran's Park in downtown Albany. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly