I have a son, Brent Parris, who was wrongfully convicted of attempted murder. Get this. He was sitting in his
vehicle with his 10 week-old baby waiting for his girlfriend (mother of the baby) to come get in the Jeep.
A man named Randy told a jury in Etowah County at Gadsden that he just got to thinking, "I don't like the
way he treats his girlfriend. (For some weekends he and Brent had been watching TV together and they never
had a cross word.) "So I got up from my seat, walked through the house to my room, opened my knife
drawer, selected the knife I wanted to use, opened it, and carried it down by my side as I walked up to the
When he got there Brent rolled down the window to see what he wanted. Randy began stabbing him in the
face and on the arm, while trying to kidnap the 10 week old baby. Brent remembered he had a small handgun
and grabbed it and fired one shot to get Randy off him. Randy told the jury that, after being hit, he ran and
dived between two cars in the yard in case Brent shot again.
Katie jumped into the Jeep and they fled the scene. Her brother ran out on the front and fired two shots into
the Jeep from a SKS .762 high powered rifle. One shot went just under the baby, blowing the seat belt loose
from the vehicle; the other shot hit the drive shaft and deflected downward. Had it gone upward, it would
have killed Katie.
Officers arrived and filled out their reports (partially). [They never mentioned that Brent had been stabbed
and had to go to the hospital.] They went to Randy and told him to go ahead and sign the warrant. Randy
refused. He told them that he was the aggressor. He said that he was up there stabbing Brent and that Brent
shot him and that was that. He refused to sign a warrant so his sister did.
Somehow the DA turned it around and said that Brent was the aggressor (for sitting quietly in his Jeep) and
that Randy (who was unprovoked and was stabbing him) was the victim. That's the way it went to trial. To
our surprise, the jury came back with a guilty verdict and Judge Rhe