• Man on trial for shooting wife blames drug cartel

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    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned new information in the case of a Sandy Springs man accused of shooting his wife eight times outside their apartment.

    Channel 2's Mike Petchenik obtained a letter Michael Parson wrote to family members, claiming he didn't pull the trigger.

    Sandy Springs police said he shot his wife, Adina, eight times outside their apartment last April. In court Wednesday, Michael Parson's attorneys hinted they might pursue a mental health defense. One legal observer said that was no surprise, based on the suspect's new account of what he said happened.

    According to Michael Parson's letter, he said, "The people responsible for Adina's shooting belong to some drug cartel."

    "(They) wanted me to hold barrels of chemicals they would later use to make drugs at my apartment," he wrote.

    Michael Parson claims that when he refused the offer, they retaliated by shooting his wife.

    He also claims he drove to Texas -- not to escape prosecution, but to meet with the drug dealer to make the punishment stop.

    Parson said, according to the letter, "(They) told me that if I didn't do what they wanted that a price would be put on my head."

    Later in the letter, Parson admits, "I have no proof of the Mexican cartels or the drums of chemicals so I think we will just let the inconsistencies speak for themselves."

    Veteran attorney Manny Arora, who has no involvement with the case, said Parson's lawyers will have to decide whether the contents of this letter play into their possible mental health defense theory.

    "If you think you have no other hope and you're making it up, the lawyers would be hard pressed to push it forward, because it's an embarrassment to them. If a competent professional says there's merit to it, you have to do what's in the best interest for your client," Arora said.

    The judge has tentatively set Michael Parson's trial for the week of March 15.

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