Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Ezra Parker, 22 yoa, pled guilty to killing Arthur Lee Edwards in 2012, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On April 14, 2012, officers with the Greenville Police Department responded to 1317 South Delesseps where Arthur Lee Edwards was found deceased. Arthur Lee Edwards died as a result of a stab wound and also having his throat cut. The Greenville Police Department finally got a lead on this case in January 2014 and it was then that Ezra Parker was arrested and charged with Capital Murder. This week in court Ezra Parker pled guilty to his actions and admitted to killing and attempting to rob Arthur Lee Edwards. He was sentenced to the District Attorney Office’s recommendation of 35 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Parker will serve 30 years in prison without any opportunity for early release or parole. Since killing Edwards in 2012, Parker had been involved in other violent crimes here in Washington County. Ezra Parker also pled guilty in court this week to breaking into a home on South Washington Avenue on December 4, 2013. Parker admitted his guilt in this crime and he was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. It was through the Greenville Police Department’s investigation in this burglary that they were able to obtain all the details of what happened in Arthur Lee Edward’s death.
Richardson added that, “I would like to thank the Greenville Police Department for their tireless efforts in solving these cases. Without them the family and friends of Arthur Lee Edwards may have never received justice.” This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Takiyah Perkins.
August 12, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105