Bond set for man who shot 17-year-old who tried to steal car

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The man facing a charge in a shooting that left a teenager suspected of auto burglary dead appeared in court Tuesday.

A judge set Wayne Parish’s bond at $50,000 Tuesday morning.

Wayne Mitchell Parish (Photo: Hinds County Detention Center)
Wayne Mitchell Parish (Photo: Hinds County Detention Center)

Parish was indicted last year on a first-degree murder charge connection with the shooting death of Charles McDonald. According to police, the 17-year-old was attempting to break into a car that was parked near  Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21.

Parish pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.

A motion to set bond sheds more light on Parish’s defense. It says in part that Parish asked McDonald to run and leave the premises. The motion goes on to say that, from surveillance video, it appears that Parish had an opportunity to shoot McDonald but didn’t and that McDonald ran at Parish and grabbed the gun. The two struggled before the gun went off.

Parish’s business partner Jimmy Ratcliff weighed in on Tuesday saying, “A lot of people have made comments about the view does not show everything. However, the Jackson police department did speak to two witnesses that were not his mother or an employee of performance oil and they fill in the gaps of what was missed by the video.”

The motion also says it’s unknown who actually pulled the trigger. Hinds County DA Robert Smith is prosecuting the case. He says he only got the case three days ago and hasn’t seen the full video. Smith said, “There were portions that someone showed but I need to look at the entire video and again make a decision along with the office and the detectives and all parties to see exactly what happened.”

The motion also states that it is believed that McDonald had 2 warrants out for his arrest on the day he died. It says “In one incident, he was involved in a police chase.” The motion goes on to say that on the morning he was killed, McDonald was “involved in a house burglary and almost shot by the homeowner.”

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