• Police: Suspect possibly sent misleading text to slain officer's boss

    By: Tom Jones


    EAST POINT, Ga. - Police believe a woman accused of murdering a police officer may have sent text messages to the officer's boss pretending to be her.

    Danielle Parker, 30, is charged in the shooting death of East Point Police Officer Crystal Parker. Fulton County police said the suspect shot her in the head, killing her in her home on Creel Road in south Fulton County.  Police believe it happened around the July 4 holiday.
    Police records indicate someone sent Parker's boss a text message from her phone around the time she was killed. The message said she couldn't come to work because she was out of town with her father in the hospital.
    Channel 2’s Tom Jones talked to Parker's father about that.

    "I wasn't in the hospital," Joe Parker said.
    Detectives said they found the officer's cellphone, wallet and debit card at Danielle Parker's home days after the murder. They said they also found a gaming system that had been stolen from the officer's home weeks before.
    Detectives said Parker told them she didn't leave home the day detectives believe the officer died. But officers said Parker's cellphone connected to a cell tower near the officer's home the day she was killed.
    The officer's father said he wanted Parker out of his daughter's life.

    "I told her many times, ‘You don't need her,’" Parker said.
    Detectives said the officer and Parker were in a relationship but had broken up, and that the officer had a new girlfriend. Police also said someone used the officer's Facebook account around the time she was killed to send a vulgar message to the new girlfriend.
    Crystal Parker's father said his daughter's death hurts even more because someone she knew is accused of killing her.

    "It hurt because she (has) been so kind to that person but that person didn't appreciate anything," Parker said.
    Police also said the officer's cellphone connected to a cell tower near Parker's home.  They said they also found a .38-caliber bullet inside Parker's home. It's the same caliber of bullet used to kill the officer. 

    No one answered the door at Parker's home when Channel 2’s Tom Jones went to get her side of the story from her family.  Parker remains in custody at the Fulton County Jail with no bond.

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