Murder In Texas' Birthplace

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Washington County is known as the birthplace of Texas. Now it's the place of the latest homicide in the Brazos Valley.

On Friday morning in the town of Old Washington, a woman stopped by a residence of 17000 block of Highway 105. The woman was there to visit someone at the home, but ended up finding the body of a dead man. She quickly got someone to call then got someone to call police.

Old Washington resident, Whitney Green was the one who made the call.

"The witness came down to my store, 105 Grocery and told me that she had just witnessed the body and I went and phoned police that I had a witness just tell me that some man had been killed," Green said.

When a Washington County Sheriff deputy arrived to the house just off Highway 105, he found Rodney Dwight Parker, 44, dead from a gunshot wound. Now the deputies are trying to determine exactly what occurred at the residence that lead to Parker's death.

As of yet, no one has been arrested in connection with this case, but sheriff's deputies say Georgina Blake, 18, is considered a person of interest in this homicide.

Friends of the victim did not want to go on camera but they say they are shocked, along with other residents.

"Nothing ever happens here," Green said.

The discovery of Parker's body has the community of Old Washington a little unsettled. And it has the Washington County Sheriff's Department investigating their first homicide of the year.


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