Joey Parrish's attorney expected to file appeal in Taliaferro case

Tahliek Taliaferro
Tahliek Taliaferro

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

POWHATAN COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The attorney for one of the men convicted of killing a Powhatan high school football star is trying to get his client out of prison early. Joey Parrish is serving 16 years for the shooting death of Tahliek Taliaferro.

During the original trial, Joey Parrish was called the instigator behind what happened that deadly night. But his attorney says there wasn't enough evidence to support his clients convictions, so he's trying to get them tossed. An effort that angers Taliaferro's family.

This June 24 will mark two years since Kaa Caputo lost her son Tahliek.

"It still don't seem real," said Kaa Caputo.

"I catch her crying sometimes. I ask her what's wrong. She says she's thinking about Tahliek," said Caputo's fiancee, Wayne Parson.

Originally charged with first degree murder, cousins Joey and Ethan Parrish were convicted in March 2009 of involuntary manslaughter and assault. Joey Parrish got 16 years in prison. His cousin Ethan, the triggerman, was sent away for 11.

Earlier this month, Joey's attorney tried to get the Virginia Court of Appeals to dismiss Joey's convictions, but the court rejected his challenge that the evidence doesn't support Joey's convictions. The next step is the Virginia Supreme Court.

"It is a slap in the face and see how in the justice system some people can get away with stuff," said Parson.

Joey's attorney says should the state supreme court agree with his argument, the decision would eliminate 11 years from Joey's prison sentence.

"I just want the supreme court to look into the case real closely, read the transcript, and just see how everything wasn't fair," said Caputo.

"Tahliek was a good kid with a promising future. Tahliek would be alive today if it weren't for Joey, so no, he shouldn't get no time off. 16 like I said wasn't enough," said Parson.

Joey Parrish's attorney has until June 11h to file the appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court. We spoke with Joey's mother by phone. she had no comment, only to say this isn't over.

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