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Wayne Parish Legal Defense Fund
$2,286 raised
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Wayne Parish has been charged with 1st degree murder in Jackson , MS for an act of self defense. We need your help to raise funds for legal fees and to bring awareness to this over-reach by the DA's office. Thank-you!

Wayne Parish is many things – son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, cousin, friend.  His world was rocked twice in 2016 but we will start with the day he disappeared from his family.  On December 29, 2016 – Wayne didn’t show up for work which is very out of character for him.  Friends and family discovered after a search, that Wayne had been arrested by Federal Marshals at his home in Crystal Springs, MS, taken to jail, and charged with 1st degree murder.  Note the date this happened, a holiday weekend.  As of this writing (1/6/17) he has had not had a bond hearing. 

How could this possibly happen?  We have to go back to July 21, 2016 where it started as just another Thursday at work for Wayne.  His workplace in Jackson, MS is adjacent to a Youth Detention Center.  During the day, an unknown young man, started throwing rocks and other objects at an employee’s vehicle in the parking lot.  As one employee called the police, Wayne went outside to tell the young man to stop and told him to go away.  Wayne did have a hand gun for self-protection which belonged to a coworker.  Instead of fleeing, even after a warning shot was fired, the young man, later identified as Charles McDonald, lunged at Wayne, fought and went for the gun.  As they both struggled, McDonald was fatally wounded.  Wayne, along with witnesses were questioned, video surveillance was examined and Wayne was released.  Wayne Parish is no stranger to loss, he too has lost a young son.  This incident weighs heavy on his heart and mind, but Wayne is not a murderer.

Here is a link to the only fair reporting we have seen so far and it included the full video surveillance:

This is a tragic event for all involved but this is a case of self-defense.  We need your help!  This seems to be less about justice and more about politics.  We are raising funds for Wayne’s legal expenses and raising awareness of a situation that it could be your brother, father, son, friend, uncle tomorrow.  It is not right that the Hinds County DA’s office is using Wayne Parish to make a political statement and to misuse their power in such a manner.  The DA is trying to deny Wayne bond and trying to keep him in jail as long as possible by using a holiday weekend, misplacing paperwork, refusing to cooperate and over-reaching on the charge.  The timing of the grand jury indictment and arrest is suspect on its own.

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Amy Parish, 1690 Edinburgh Drive, Tucker GA  30084

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