Mom: Sandy Springs shooting suspect maintains innocence

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - The mother of a man accused of shooting his wife eight times outside their Sandy Springs apartment told Channel 2 Action News her son has denied involvement in the shooting.

Michael Parson, 42, faces aggravated assault and other charges stemming from the April 20 shooting of his wife, Adina, outside their apartment on Roswell Road.

Parson was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday, but waived it, so the case will now go before a grand jury for possible indictment.

“He says he did not do it, and I’m going to believe him until someone proves otherwise,” Margaret Parson told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik.  “It’s not my Michael.  It’s not the Michael that I raised.”

As Channel 2 first reported last week, detectives believe Parson pretended to be getting cancer treatment at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Decatur, but instead drove back to his apartment and lured his wife outside so he could shoot her. 

A probable cause affidavit Petchenik obtained said Parson was secretly engaged to be married to another woman, whom Petchenik learned may have worked with Parson when he managed a Dunwoody pet store. Police arrested Parson near Tyler, Texas several weeks later.

Parson’s mother told Petchenik she was unaware of the other woman.

“I don’t want to believe it,” she said.

Police believe Parson may have been faking his illness, but his mother believes he did suffer from bone marrow cancer and was receiving treatment for that at the VA.

Margaret Parson, who lives near Charlotte, N.C., told Petchenik her son is a hard-working Navy veteran who was smitten with his wife, Adina.

“He loved Adina, and he wanted her to be his wife,” she said, adding that the couple was a good match.

“Adina’s a very sweet person. She’s a go-getter. She’s a very strong person,” said Parson.  “She would give you the shirt of her back, a great person.”

Adina Parson is recovering at the Shepherd Center.  This week, friends told Channel 2 Action News she spoke her first word since the shooting, telling her mother “hello.”

Margaret Parson said she wanted to visit her daughter-in-law during her visit to Atlanta, but she said the victim’s family has cut off communication with her.

“Michael is an adult.  I have no control over what he does,” said Margaret Parson.  “If the shoe was on the other foot, I would not hold her (mother) responsible.”