User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Man Who Dies In Courtroom Committed Suicide
Posted by Randy on 2013/6/29 9:13:25 (1438 reads) News by the same author

A man just convicted of a serious crime collapses in the courtroom and dies in front of the jury. It turns out, he was poisoned.

Click to see original Image in a new window


The Nodaway County jury had just convicted a Stanberry man of statutory sodomy.

Steven Parsons, 48, was looking at a lengthy prison term.

But before bailiffs could take him away, he collapsed at the defense table.

Several people in the courtroom, including Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White, had seen Parsons taking a drink from a glass at the defense table just minutes before.

"It hadn't been two minutes since he took the drink when he suddenly lurched back in his seat and began to have a seizure," White said.

Efforts to revive Parsons were unsuccessful. He died while being transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.

After looking at Parsons' body, the Coroner's Office says it was the most classic case of cyanide poisoning he'd ever seen. The sheriff thought he knew what had happened.

"With the talk that he may have done something to take his own life, we were really looking to see if he was researching anything on the internet," said White.

Search warrants of Parsons Tire, the company he owned, along with his home in Gentry County and his car outside the courthouse uncovered evidence Parsons had bought the cyanide himself. Parsons bonded out and was free during the trial. The car he had driven to court was parked outside.

Sheriff White says an out-of-state company confirmed Parsons purchased 100 grams of cyanide to be shipped overnight.

The death is now being considered a suicide.

Sheriff White said he treated the case like any other investigation, even though it's not like anything he'd ever seen before.

"I started in law enforcement in 1985 and this was a first for me," he said. "I spoke with the judge, I spoke with all the attorneys, all of whom have years of experience in the courtroom. They also indicated it was a first for all of them."

While the sheriff is still waiting for an official autopsy result, he says it appears the case is closed.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/7/1 7:36:28 - Chillicothe Man Injured When Pool Carries Him Out Of Pickup
2015/7/1 6:37:47 - Clerk Accused Of Shooting Teen Allegedly Over Theft Of Cookies
2015/7/1 6:31:57 - Boy Found Chained To Porch With Chicken Around Neck Speaks Out For First Time
2015/7/1 5:28:17 - Public School Application Asks If Child Was Born By C-Section
2015/7/1 4:45:45 - Mom Arrested After Boy 4, Left Tied On Leash To Bush
2015/7/1 4:36:46 - Death Of Boy Pushed In Swing For 3 Days Ruled Homicide
2015/7/1 4:30:00 - Former Circuit Clerk From Northeast Missouri Enters Plea
2015/7/1 4:24:53 - Teens Storm Georgia Wal-Mart In Wild Rampage Of Destruction
2015/6/30 6:31:13 - Mosaic To Offer Reduced Cost Sports Physicals
2015/6/30 4:47:08 - Son Arrested After Argument Over Spoiled Meat
2015/6/30 4:34:11 - Woman Gives Birth Alone On Back Road, Is Stranded With Newborn For Three Days
2015/6/30 4:21:04 - Man In Custody After Moberly Police Chase
2015/6/30 4:16:46 - Officer Crashes Into Home When Responding To What Turned Out As Prank Call
2015/6/30 4:10:10 - Missouri Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Synthetic Pot Case
2015/6/30 4:04:35 - Daycare Worker Arrested For Battery On 1-Year-Old
2015/6/29 7:40:02 - Rotary To Sponsor Exchange Student
2015/6/29 7:23:50 - Sullivan County Crowns Fair Queen
2015/6/29 6:36:20 - Fire Damages Trenton Residence
2015/6/29 6:32:09 - Saturday Accident At 13th And Cedar In Trenton Involves Gallatin And Trenton Residents
2015/6/29 4:51:25 - As Many As 16 Inured By Lightning Strike; Dog Killed
2015/6/29 4:39:47 - Air Show Continued After Tragedy
2015/6/29 4:35:18 - Missouri Trooper Shoots Suspect After I-70, U.S. 54 Pursuit
2015/6/29 4:20:00 - USDA Proposes Healthier Food For Child, Adult Day Cares
2015/6/29 4:15:22 - St. Louis' Minimum Wage Hike May Be Dead After Aldermanic Surprise
2015/6/29 4:09:35 - Man Convicted Of Sodomy With Child Commits Suicide
2015/6/29 4:00:14 - Good Samaritan Allows Woman To Hear Her Husband"s Voice Before He Dies
2015/6/29 4:00:00 - Poplar Bluff Granted Order Of Protection Against Sheriff's Department
2015/6/26 6:32:50 - 4 Injured When Vehicles Collide At Utica Intersection
2015/6/26 5:27:31 - Missouri State Fair Competition Deadline Approaching
2015/6/26 4:36:34 - National Guard Truck Crashes Into Overpass



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM