Jury: Parham not guilty
by Scott Reese Willey
Jul 09, 2009 | 1709 views | 7 7 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bee County jury spent exactly three hours deliberating Thursday before acquitting William Brent Parham of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In this photo, Parham, in the black suit, is shaking hands with people outside the courthouse that afternoon.
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A Bee County jury spent exactly three hours deliberating Thursday before acquitting William Brent Parham of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

“Thank you, God,” Parham mouthed quietly toward the ceiling of the courthouse after the not guilty verdicts were read aloud by District Court Judge Mike Welborn.

Parham, 53, shook each of the jurors’ hands as they left the courtroom. Then he hugged his family and friends and clasped his attorney around the shoulders and thanked him.

Parham was indicted in January on five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, each count a second degree felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Jury selection began Monday and testimony began Tuesday morning. Testimony ended around noon on Thursday.

The prosecution and the defense offered closing arguments after lunch and the jury began deliberating at 2:20 p.m. The jury returned to the courtroom with the five verdicts at 5 :20 p.m.

Welborn read each verdict aloud, and Parham was acquitted on all five counts.

“We are extremely pleased by the verdict,” said Victoria attorney Tali Villafranca, who represented Parham. “We understand the jury had a very difficult time going through all the evidence and we appreciate their hard work.”
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July 13, 2009
Naw, he's not any more innocent the the deputy who exaggerated and took statements which the deputy and affiant's knew were either false or inaccurate when they gave them. He's no more innocent than the DA who told the grand jury "we need to get this guy off the streets" without bothering to first investigate the case. He's no more innocent than a newspaper who writes the deputies' account as though it were Gospel. Nope, he's just plain "Not Guilty."
July 11, 2009
The fact that the jury acquitted Parham does in no way mean he is "innocent". It does show that one can get away with pulling a gun on your neighbors and threaten to kill them.

God Bless America!

July 10, 2009
The fact the police arrest someone, does not make the arestee guilty - we've fought several wars on behalf of that concept. That a Deputy or Investigator tells this newspaper a guy is guilty does not mean he's right. It'd be nice if this newspaper would print the indictment dismissals as diligently as they print Detective Caddell's accounts of indictees and their alleged crimes. The public might be supprised to find that even the DA admits, via dismissals prior to trial, that sometimes both she and the Grand Jury get it wrong -- remember, the Grand Jury only hears one side of the story, and it ain't the Defendant's.

In this case, once the State's Witnesses took the stand and were subject to cross examination and the interview recordings were played, the their credibility suffered mightily.

The jury simply followed their oath and allowed the presumption of innocense to prevail.
July 10, 2009
...so much for freedom of speech...guess Beeville can't handle the real truth...
July 10, 2009
You may comment on the outcome of the trial but please avoid personal attacks, name calling and anything that could be read as a threat.

July 10, 2009
All the fault of this “travesty” of justice, as you herein describe, fall to the Attorney. The jurors, rules of criminal trials, privilege of fair trial have no influence on the outcome. LMAO @ you. Tali Villafranca is a very capable Victoria area attorney. T. Michael would be proud.

I perused the tdcj website for standards in employing “prison guards”, there are none. In fact the State of Texas has no such position. The position is correctional officer. No surprise as erroneous reporting is apparently the standard for this rag.

July 09, 2009