Supporters crowd courthouse on first day of murder trial - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Supporters crowd courthouse on first day of murder trial

By Beth Danziger - bio | email

Posted by Colby Rogers

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A sea of people crowded the steps of the Powhatan Circuit Court Wednesday - the first day of the Tahliek Taliaferro murder trial.

Cousins Ethan Parrish, 25, and Joey Parrish Jr., 19, are accused of killing the Powhatan teen after an argument last June. They face 17 felony charges between them, including first-degree and attempted murder.

On Wednesday, the prosecution was only able to put two witnesses on the stand before the judge sent everyone home for the day. It plans to call 22 witnesses in all  for each suspect.

Dozens of friends and family from both sides were at the courthouse all day, which is why the sheriff's department says it made a plan for crowd control months ago.

"We are just out here trying to keep everyone peaceful," said Powhatan Chief Deputy Dan Giardini. "We haven't a had any major issues here and we hope it stays that way."

The courtroom seats 50. Deputies say the immediate family will get seated first. They are also using wrist bands to keep track of them each day. The rest of the crowd was let in by a raffle process Wednesday.

Those who weren't called stayed outside the courtroom to show their support. At one point, two family members from different sides of the case had to be separated.

But members of immediate families say the process is helping keep them calm and that finding a seat is the least of their concerns.

The prosecution will continue its case Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

(c) 2009. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Saturday, April 29 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-04-29 22:19:54 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-04-29 22:19:54 GMT

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>
  • FORECAST: Our Summer-like weekend continues

    FORECAST: Our Summer-like weekend continues

    Saturday, April 29 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-04-29 22:11:07 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
  • Bicyclist identified in deadly Richmond crash

    Bicyclist identified in deadly Richmond crash

    Saturday, April 29 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-04-29 20:31:14 GMT

    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12

    More >>

    Police say a man has died, after being struck by a car, while he was riding a bicycle in Richmond's southside. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Hopkins Road. Officers say when they arrived at the scene, the bicyclist was already dead. We're still working to learn if the driver is facing any charges. Stay with NBC 12 for updates. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:45:21 GMT
    (Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)(Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly