Murder suspect appears in court for first time

Published 8:06 pm Friday, November 17, 2017

A 22-year-old Selma man charged with a 2015 New Year’s Eve murder of an innocent bystander made his first appearance in court Thursday.

ALFRED PARNELL

Alfred Parnell Jr., who pleaded guilty earlier this week to a 2015 Birmingham murder, was arrested by Selma police for allegedly shooting and killing 38-year-old Antoine Stallworth.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Parnell was arraigned by District Judge Bob Armstrong. Jackson said Armstrong set Parnell’s bond at $1.5 million. Parnell is being held at the Dallas County Jail.

Parnell was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest. While on the run, he was arrested in Birmingham for the March 14, 2016, shooting of 18-year-old Maliek Lemare McBride. Parnell was charged with capital murder, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of murder.

Al.com reported Parnell was sentenced to 20 years by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam, but it was split to a 20-month sentence of time served. He was also given three years of supervised probation.

Parnell was picked up by the Selma Police Department earlier this week after he was released from the Jefferson County Jail and charged with murder.

Investigators believe Stallworth got caught in the crossfire between Parnell and others on Dec. 31, 2015, at George Washington Carver Homes. Stallworth was shot multiple times and died six days later in a Montgomery hospital.

“This involved an ongoing shooting match between several gunslingers,” Jackson said. “Antoine Stallworth was an innocent bystander.”

The fatal shooting is believed to be an attempt to get retaliation for Parnell’s brother, Eric, who was shot in the back the day before on the 2100 block of Church Street.

Clarence Brenson, Glentravious Olds, Frederick Turner and Antonio Whatley were later arrested for attempted murder in Eric Parnell’s shooting.

Mary Whatley, 44, was shot and killed the same day as Stallworth on the 1600 block of Maple Street.

She was walking out of her home when a suspect approached her and opened fire. Jackson said no arrests have been made for Whatley’s death.

The homicides are believed to be related by investigators.

Jackson said Parnell has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Alston Keith Jr. is listed on court records as Parnell’s attorney.