DAPHNE, Ala., BAY MINETTE, Ala. - The judge denied bond for Troy McFadden in the murder ofBrianna Parish. A preliminary hearing will be set to take placewithin the next 3 weeks.
If convicted, MacDonald could face death sentence:
District Attorney Judy Newcomb said Troy MacDonald, the manaccused of Briana Parish's death, will face life in the statepenitentiary or worse: the death sentence, if he is convicted."Charging documents show she had blunt force trauma injury as wellas evidence of strangulation," said Newcomb. Newcomb said Parishwas also raped or sodomized.
Autopsy reports have come back in the case, however, Newcombwould not reveal those findings. "It's an ongoing investigation, soI am not going to comment on the facts of the case, but this is avery horrendous crime and sad situation."
As for MacDonald, court reports said he has previously beenarrested for auto burglary and twice for writing bad checks. Now hehas a new charge: Capital Murder.
Macdonald's attorney said he will ask a judge tomorrow torelease his client on bond, but Clark Stankoski isn’toptimistic the judge will agree.
That bond hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Request to have bond lowered:
Troy MacDonald will ask a judge to release him on bond. Defenseattorney Clark Stankoski said he will make the request at a hearingscheduled for Wednesday morning in Baldwin County for 43-year-oldTroy McDonald of Daphne. But he adds that he's not optimistic ajudge will agree.
McDonald was arrested Monday in the slaying of 21-year-oldBrianna Parish. She was found dead in Daphne two days after shedisappeared from a bar last month. Stankoski declined comment onthe charges. He said he is unsure how police are linking McDonaldto the slaying.
Authorities say they've been working non-stop to bring herkiller to justice. Captain Daniel Bell told FOX10 News, "This casehas been a priority for the Daphne Police Department." On November12th, Brianna Parish went missing. She was last seen at the BayHouse Pub and police say the last person to talk with her was43-year-old Troy MacDonald.
After an extensive search, Parish's father found her body hiddenunder debris in a Daphne Sewage Plant. Family members believed shewas raped. "This murder was horrific and it brought an end to ayoung lady's life," said Bell.
Monday afternoon, MacDonald was arrested and charged withCapital Murder. Police aren't commenting on the motive or howParish was killed. But they do believe there was a possible drugconnection between Parish and the suspect.
"It's an ongoing investigation and a lot of details had to begathered, lots of evidence had to be gathered." Officials are stillpiecing the investigation together. Autopsy and toxicology resultshave not been released. Many say Parish was a sweet, loving girl,who didn't deserve to die like this. It was a tragedy and at leastnow, her family is one step closer to getting justice," saidBell.
MacDonald is charged with capital murder, a charge which couldinvolve the death penalty. He will have a bond hearingWednesday.
The Parish family spoke with FOX10 News:
The family of Parish has been waiting for this day, for weeksnow. FOX10 News spoke with her father following the news. Thelong-time person of interest is now a suspect charged with capitalmurder. "We're glad he's behind bars and can't hurt anybody elseand it was a small closure for us to get him behind bars andhopefully he'll stay there for the rest of his life," saidBrianna's father, Bruce Parish.
MacDonald was the last person to speak with Brianna, who waslast seen at the Bay House Pub in Daphne. Her half-naked body waslater found at the Daphne sewage facility on November 14th.
The Parish family says it doesn't want to comment morespecifically about the arrest because the investigation is ongoing."Well, we don't know much more than they have out there and they'resupposed to keep us informed as best they can," he added.
Still, they say it's a step in the right direction. The familynow hopes to move forward with the holiday season, while keepingBrianna on their minds. "This is her time of year and she enjoyedit and really loved it. Most of our joy was seeing her openpresents and it was just her time of year," said Parish.
The Parish family is now learning how to live without theirdaughter during this time of year.
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