Wardsboro man found not guilty in 2016 shooting death

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 3:13 PM EST
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - A Wardsboro man has been found not guilty in the shooting death of his neighbor in 2016.

A Brattleboro jury Thursday exonerated Kevin Parker over the shooting death of Kirby Staib.

Staib was found dead on an adjoining property on Gilfeather Road where the two men lived across from each other. Police claimed Parker killed his neighbor after a long-standing feud. But Parker’s attorney, Chris Montgomery, argued that Staib was the aggressor.

Montgomery says he wasn’t surprised by the quick verdict. “It was self-defense - I have said this before - and thankfully the jury heard all the evidence, considered all the evidence, and agreed that he, in fact, was not guilty.

A grand jury indicted Parker of the murder charge more than six years ago but the trial was delayed because of the pandemic.

Parker has been living in Connecticut with his brother. His lawyers said now that the case is over, his client is looking to putting his life back together.

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