- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - A Biloxi man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a murder-for-hire case.

Jody Parks pleaded guilty to capital murder Friday in the January 2015 beating and stabbing death of Stone County businessman Timothy “Timmy” Garrison.

Parks, 23, has apologized for his part in the slaying, according to The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2lM7HO6 ).

Investigators say he was recruited to carry out the killing. Parks testified he never received the money he was promised for killing Garrison, WLOX-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2lM0c9Z ).

Garrison’s wife, Evelyn, and Parks‘ cousin, Emmett Entrekin, are also charged with capital murder in the case. They remain jailed while awaiting trial in Stone County Circuit Court.

Evelyn Garrison has said her husband physically abused her, but Timmy Garrison’s relatives dispute that. She called authorities to report her husband had been killed.

Capital murder is a killing committed during the commission of another felony, which in this case was robbery.

Authorities at first thought Timmy Garrison had been shot because of his severe injuries, but later learned he had been bludgeoned with a baseball bat and stabbed.

Evelyn Garrison told authorities she planned to have her husband killed a week earlier, but had to delay it after grandchildren stopped by their home for a visit. Stone County Sheriff’s Capt. Ray Boggs said Evelyn Garrison also told investigators she wanted the killing to look like a robbery and told Entrekin to steal her husband’s Masonic ring, wallet and cash. She also gave them a time to be at the property, the investigator said.

Boggs said the initial tip in the case came from Evelyn Garrison’s brother, who told authorities Entrekin had called about three weeks before the killing to say Timmy Garrison had abused his wife.

The day of the killing, Entrekin told authorities he drove Parks to and from the Garrison property and stopped at a store to buy a bat and gloves.

Parks said he hit Garrison with a bat and stabbed him once but then stopped because “it didn’t feel right,” Boggs said. Shortly after his arrest, Parks wrote a letter to the Garrison’s family to apologize.

Entrekin and Parks bought clothes for Parks to wear after the killing because he was covered in blood.

Authorities recovered a .44-caliber Magnum stolen from Garrison’s home. Investigators never found Timmy Garrison’s wallet, a journal that was taken or the knife allegedly used in the murder.

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