Man found guilty of shooting wife 8 times

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A Sandy Springs man accused of shooting his wife eight times outside their apartment has been found guilty.

Michael Parson was convicted Thursday on aggravated assault, attempted murder and other charges stemming from the April 2012 shooting. His now ex-wife, Adina, is confined to a wheelchair, partially blind and barely able to speak as a result.

Earlier in the day, jurors watched a taped interrogation of Parson. He admitted to detectives he had cheated on his wife with another woman in the days before his arrest.

In the 90-minute police interrogation, Parson told detectives he and his wife had a normal marriage.

"We never had a knock-down drag-out fight about anything," Parson told police.

When asked if he had cheated on his wife, Parson admitted that he had cheated with a former co-worker, Rachel Harner.

Police later learned Parson was secretly engaged to Harner and they believe that was the motive for shooting his wife. Parson pleaded not guilty. His attorney concedes the affair, but said there's no proof Parson shot his wife.

On Wednesday, witness testimony chipped away at Parson's alibi. A cellphone tower expert testified it would be nearly impossible for Parson to have made a phone call from Decatur, where he told police he had been on the night of the shooting while his cell signal was linked to a tower in Sandy Springs. Prosecutors said phone records show his signal was pinging off a tower near their Roswell Road apartment at the time of the shooting.

Parson's sentencing hearing was set for Thursday afternoon, but his ex's family asked that it be delayed so she can decide whether or not to come.



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