Cobb County Government

Life without parole for man who killed over a parking space

Dec. 12, 2014 ­– Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Powder Springs man has been convicted of murder after a dispute over a parking space.

A Cobb Jury deliberated nearly a full day today before finding Harold Antonio Parks, 42, guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, and firearms-possession charges in the death of Terrence Washington Jr., 27.


It was about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2013, when Mr. Parks discovered that the victim’s girlfriend had parked her car overnight at an apartment complex at 311 Twin Hill Road in Austell. Mr. Parks, a resident of the complex who had often argued with others over parking spaces near his residence, went out and confronted her, and before long, Mr. Washington came out to intervene.

After things had calmed down, the defendant went into his apartment and retrieved a .9mm handgun, came back out and shot Mr. Washington 18 times as he walked back to his home. The defendant then fled and was not arrested for three months.

“This was a senseless and vicious crime perpetrated by a violent repeat offender,” said Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans. “I am pleased that the jury was able to bring justice to Terrance Washington’s family.”

Judge Henry Thompson immediately sentenced Mr. Parks, who has a prior shooting conviction, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Atlanta attorney Eric Johnson II represented the defendant, who has been held without bond since his arrest.

Cobb Police investigated the case. The trial began Monday with jury selection.