Key witness testifies in Parkerson trial

Update (05/18 3:05 p.m.) — Closing arguments have been made and the jury is deliberating in the case of a man accused of shooting and wounding a Klamath Falls Sheriff’s deputy. NBC5 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Klamath Falls, Ore. – A jury heard key testimony in the case of a man charged with shooting and wounding a Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Karey Leigh Pascoe said she saw her boyfriend William ‘Jack’ Parkerson shoot Deputy Jason Weber on August 27th of 2014. “Then, I saw Jack standing and pointing like this, and I heard the other shot,” stated Pascoe.

Pascoe testified that Deputy Weber had been shot in the face, “I saw him holding his face – he had his other arm out like this, and he was just yelling and screaming with this awful scream.”

Pascoe says she and Parkerson fled the scene in her Jeep Cherokee, and claims that Parkerson later bragged about the shooting to a friend.

“I shot this cop, see,” Pascoe testified. “And you’d think that shooting him at that close of a range and hit him in the head or face he would have died – but he didn’t die, he didn’t even drop down.”

Early on the morning after the shooting, Pascoe said she and Parkerson tried to hitch hike out of the area, “So I stuck my thumb out, like that, and it was the police.”

During cross-examination, defense attorney Michael Bertholf questioned Pascoe about her methamphetamine use, and tried to point out inconsistencies in an affidavit made by Pascoe after nearly a year and a half in jail. “575 days,” said Bertholf. “You probably would have said anything to get out of jail.”

Pascoe was released from jail after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.

Parkerson could face life in prison if convicted.

The defense says the state arrested the wrong man – claiming that it was Christopher Holmgren, a third person in Pascoe’s car that shot the deputy.

 

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