Man accused of killing wife at Federal Way church pleads not guilty

| April 9, 2010

SEATTLE — A man accused of killing his ex-wife at a Federal Way church faced pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday morning.

Prosecutors say Charles Parsons shot and killed Carol Parsons March 17 during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church, and then called 911 to turn himself in.

Carol Parsons was shot after she said she wouldn't leave her boyfriend to try to get back together with her ex-husband, investigators said. The couple, who had three children, divorced in 2008.

According to the statement of probable cause, Parsons got up to leave from the session, then turned around and pointed a gun at his wife. As his wife began to scream, Parson pointed the gun at the counselor and told him not to move, detectives said.

Parsons then opened fire, shooting his ex-wife at least six times, according to the document. He then called 911, told them what he had done and was laying in the parking lot when police arrived.

Carol Parsons was transported to Harborview and died a short time later of her wounds.

The 42-year-old Charles Parsons, who has no prior criminal record, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault and is being held on $5 million bail.

The couple had three children who are now with relatives.

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