A man is charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed his wife Tuesday night at their home on Barrier Place in Pikeville.
The shooting took place at 106 Barrier Place shortly before 9:41 p.m., according to a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The husband, identified as Terry Russell Parker, 61, of the home, is charged with a single count of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Margaret Parker, 65.
When first responders and deputies arrived, they found Margaret Parker dead inside the home, said Joel Gillie, Wayne County’s public information officer.
Neighbors interviewed Wednesday said they heard multiple gunshots.
“We didn’t really think anything of it because Terry often late at night just shoots his gun in the backyard, so we didn’t think anything of it,” said Mary-Beth Rhodes, who lives next door with her fiance. “That’s why we didn’t call the cops or anything like that.”
Rhodes said when she saw blue lights and police cruisers show up, she knew something bad had happened.
“I’m literally flabbergasted,” Rhodes said.
Days prior to the shooting, Rhodes said Terry Parker was acting normal and as far as she knows, the Parkers never had arguments or domestic disputes.
“From what I could tell he would just kind of walk his yard,” Rhodes said. “He was always a little bit different, but we didn’t think anything of it. A few days ago, he asked if he could borrow our lawn mower.”
Rhodes said she heard gunshots from different guns.
“We definitely felt like there were two guns used because of the way they sounded because my fiance is familiar with guns. It was a bigger gun the second time, but there was two to four shots (from) each one. There was absolutely more than one shot, most definitely.”
Maj. Richard Lewis, public information officer for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, said he speculates that a handgun was used. Lewis did not say how many shots were fired.
“I can’t release that information at this time until the investigation is complete,” Lewis said.
A shriveled up purple medical examination glove was in the driveway Wednesday afternoon, and Lewis said evidence was collected from the crime scene. He did not say what evidence was collected.
“All I can say is that the crime scene was processed and evidence was collected,” Lewis said.
Lewis said Terry Parker remained on scene and identified himself as the person who called 911. Gillie said the caller told dispatchers a woman had been shot at the home.
On Wednesday, Gillie, who provided an incident report, said he was working on releasing the 911 recording.
Lewis said that Margaret Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marva Ruffin and Charles Crider, whose homes are a few houses down from the Parkers, are still processing the aftermath of the killing.
Ruffin said Margaret Parker was the sweetest woman.
“My husband died six years ago right here in the yard,” Ruffin said. “And he had a massive heart attack. And she came over and she stayed with me until my family got here. She was a sweet person. She came to the funeral. She kept a check on me for the longest time.”
Ruffin said Terry Parker helped her family from time to time.
“Last year I had hip replacement and he would help my son and my brother in-law keep my grass cut,” Ruffin said.
For now, Crider said he just can’t believe Margaret Parker is gone.
“She was the greatest woman in the world,” Crider said.