Johnson City Press: Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after Johnson City shooting victim dies
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Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after Johnson City shooting victim dies

Becky Campbell • Updated Feb 8, 2019 at 8:18 PM

Alcohol is believed to have contributed to a deadly shooting this week in Johnson City, and police said a man confessed to the shooting during an interrogation.

Justin Wills, 30, 3875 Erwin Highway, Afton, was accused of shooting 24-year-old Joseph Parlier, of Chuckey, on Wednesday at an apartment at 502 E. Maple St. after Parlier went to the residence to visit the person who lives there.

About 10 that night, police were called to the residence, as the shooting initially had been described as an accidental discharge of a gun. They found Parlier with a gunshot wound to his head.

“As Parlier arrived, he walked into the hallway of the apartment and as he approached the bedroom, Wills pointed a Kimber .45 semi-automatic pistol at (Parlier’s) head and pulled the trigger, shooting Parlier in the front right side of the forehead,” according to an affidavit written by a JCPD investigator.

After Wills was taken to the JCPD interview room, “he made a spontaneous utterance that he had shot the victim,” the investigator wrote. The investigator also stated that when he interviewed Wills at the Washington County Detention Center, Wills “confessed to shooting Joseph Parlier in the apartment.”

Parlier was taken to Johnson City Medical Center Hospital in critical condition and placed on life support. Wills was arrested and initially charged with one count of aggravated assault; a press release said police determined the shooting was caused by negligent handling of a firearm and that alcohol contributed to the incident.

At Wills’ arraignment Thursday, the charge was upgraded to attempted second-degree murder.

Parlier was pronounced dead at JCMC just after midnight Friday. Wills was served Friday afternoon with a new warrant for the charge of second-degree murder. He remained held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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Reported earlier:

Johnson City police charged an Afton man with second-degree murder Friday after a shooting victim died from his head wound.

Justin Wills, 30, 3875 Erwin Highway, was accused of shooting 24-year-old Joseph Parlier, of Chuckey, on Wednesday at 502 E. Maple St.

About 10 that night, police were called to the residence, as the shooting initially been described as an accidental discharge of a gun. They found Parlier with a gunshot wound in his head.

Police said the investigation showed that Parlier went to the East Maple address to visit the homeowner, and after shortly entering the residence, he received a gunshot wound to his head. Police determined the shooting was caused by negligent handling of a firearm and that alcohol contributed.

Parlier was taken to Johnson City Medical Center Hospital in critical condition and placed on life support. Wills was arrested and initially charged with one count of aggravated assault. At Wills, arraignment Thursday, the charge was upgraded to attempted second-degree murder.

Parlier was pronounced dead at JCMC just after midnight Friday. Wills was served Friday afternoon with a new warrant for the charge of second-degree murder. He remained held at the Washington County Detention Center.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more on this developing story as details are made available.

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