Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney


May 4, 2023

State vs. Victor Parson

Decatur, Ga.
- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a Tennessee man accused of shooting and killing his mother’s longtime boyfriend. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday, April 27 against 33-year-old Victor Parson on charges of Felony Murder (two counts), Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with the shooting death of 57-year-old Timothy Felts. On Tuesday, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams, who presided over the trial, sentenced Defendant Parson to life in prison plus 15 years, to run consecutive to a sentence he is serving in Tennessee.

The fatal incident occurred on April 14, 2019 at the Orchard Walk Apartments located at 3800 Flat Shoals Parkway. Defendant Parson and his girlfriend traveled to the apartment complex to visit his mother and Felts, her boyfriend of 15 years. After the visit, Parson and his girlfriend planned to return to their home in Knoxville, TN. 

During the visit, the women, who were in a bedroom, heard gunfire. Parson’s mother rushed to the living room and observed her son, who had shot Felts five times, standing behind the victim’s recliner with a gun in his hand. When she attempted to wrestle the gun from Parson’s hands, he reached over her and fired at the victim twice more from the back. Felts, who was shot seven times, succumbed to his injuries.

Defendant Parson fled the scene, leaving his girlfriend at the incident location. He drove 250 miles to the home of his best friend in Knoxville, TN, and shot two more people using the same gun that he had used to murder Felts. Parson was taken into custody in Knoxville, TN and confessed to his crimes.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Laura Alford, with assistance from Trial Division Deputy Chief ADA Rod Wilkerson, DA Investigators JB Williams and Chris Hollowood, and Victim Advocate Marva Coward. DeKalb County Police Department Detective BR Smith led the initial investigation.