ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Sandy Parsons, the adoptive father of Erica Parsons, stood before a judge on Thursday to face charges of killing his daughter.
Sandy looked down and then scanned the crowd in the courtroom. When his name was called, he went to the defendant's table: the same spot where his wife, Casey Parsons, stood just one day ago.
Both of them are now charged with killing their 13-year-old Erica. Her biological mother watched in court with emotion.
Carolyn Parsons fought back tears.
“Sandy Parsons is somebody I used to love,” she said.
The man who was in Carolyn’s wedding her former brother-in-law Sandy Parsons is the same man investigators say led them to Carolyn’s daughter's body telling them 13-year-old Erica Parsons' remains were dumped in 2011 long before she was reported missing.
“I'm losing my daughter and two other family members may never be closure,” Carolyn said.
In February, a grand jury indicted Sandy and Casey Parsons on first degree murder and felony child abuse charges.
Erica was reported missing in July 2013 by her adoptive brother, but she reportedly hadn’t been seen since Nov. 2011.
Her remains weren’t discovered until Sep. 2016 when Sandy himself led police to the burial site in a wooded area in Chesterfield County, SC.
He later admitted to authorities that his adoptive daughter's remains were discarded in Dec. 2011.
“I wanted the death penalty when this first came out but now that I stop and I look, the death penalty is their easy way out. I think they should in population and they should let the population take care of them,” said Carolyn. “To hear those charges and look them in the face and know I trusted them to raise my child better than I thought I could that hurts.”
Casey and Sandy parsons were appointed separate public defenders. They will eventually get new attorneys as the case progresses.
They're being held at the Rowan County Detention Center under no bond.