At the end of the first week of the Gary Parks murder trial in Baxter County the prosecution’s witness reportedly testified that Parks admitted to murder.
A jury of six men, six women and three alternates listened to the statements of Enoch Miller, who says he was Parks’ best friend in 2006. He says Parks confessed to him four days after the murder of Dr. David Millstein that he was responsible. Miller says Parks claimed his mother invested money into Millstein’s practice and business was declining. He says Parks then said he was at Millstein’s house when he “lost it” and stabbed the doctor as he slept.
During cross examination the defense pointed out that Miller had given a statement to investigators soon after the murder and failed to mention Parks’ confession. Miller said he spoke with his father, who is a minister, and he was convinced to come forward with the information.
The defense asked Miller if Mountain Home Police Investigator Nevin Barnes had given him money to help him out with a fine for driving on a suspended license in Flippin, and Miller said yes.
Jurors also heard testimony from Alan Gwin. Gwin testified that two weeks before the murder, Parks asked him what he thought about about killing someone for a large amount of money. The defense pointed out that Gwin did not give this statement to investigators following the murder. Gwin says he wasn’t asked specifically. Prosecutors will present more testimony on Monday.
Gary Parks is accused of stabbing his step-father at his home near Twin Lakes Golf Course in 2006. He was arrested in Memphis in 2009.