Murdered pastor’s girlfriend charged

 

The Macon Telegraph reports…

“As the accused killer of Otis Redding’s grandson Brandon Parker remains in jail, Tracia Hubbard’s niece said the couple had a history of violence.

Hubbard went before a judge Saturday afternoon at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center where she is being held without bond in Parker’s killing.

At about 1:30 a.m., Parker, 33, a church pastor whose father is Dexter Redding, son of the late singer, was fatally wounded in the neck after he and Hubbard reportedly had been arguing.

After the couple had gone out downtown, they wound up at Hubbard’s house at 739 Grosso Ave., where she lived with her mother, according to the arrest warrant.

Hubbard, 48, is accused of getting a .380 caliber revolver from her car and firing the fatal shot, the warrant states.

Monday, Hubbard’s niece, Joslyn Clayton, said her aunt was not only kneeling beside Parker’s body when Bibb County deputies arrived, but she was performing CPR.

A Bibb County sheriff’s news release states Bibb deputies administered CPR on the scene.

“Deputies didn’t have to administer CPR because he didn’t have a pulse when they got there. He passed when she was working on him,” Clayton said.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, who knows both Parker and his girlfriend, said Hubbard had medical training and had worked for two doctors.

Hubbard also held a job at the M.A. Evans school where she trained students to march in the band and regularly carried the school banner in parades.

“It’s a tragedy,” Jones said of the killing.

Clayton said the shooting early Saturday was not the couple’s only violent episode.

“There was actually a history of domestic abuse that a lot of people didn’t know about,” Clayton said. “She had broken bones and was on crutches a couple of months ago after he pushed her off a porch.”

Attempts to reach the Parker and Redding families were not immediately successful.

Bibb County court records did not document any history of violence, but it is not yet clear whether authorities were called to a disturbance between the two.

“They must have kept it under wraps,” Jones said. “I didn’t hear anything until Brandon was dead.”

Jones stepped in for Parker in a ceremony honoring the young pastor’s maternal grandfather, Pastor Jacob Parker.

About 12 hours after Parker’s death, Jones accepted a proclamation renaming a portion of Elm Street for the longtime pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Jones said he frequently heard from the younger Parker.

“Anything I’ve done in this community, Brandon Parker called to congratulate me,” Jones said.

Due to Monday’s state holiday, it will be Tuesday at the earliest before an autopsy is performed on Parker’s body.”

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