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A Tenaha man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his brother-in-law 34 years ago was denied a motion for a new trial in Carthage Wednesday afternoon.


William Robert “Billy Bob” Parker was brought back to Panola County from a TDCJ prison in Palestine where he’s been serving the sentence for the shooting death of 21-year old Shane Caskey of Joaquin in the Old Center Community in 1980.


Visiting Judge Gerry Calhoun heard the arguments for a new trial in the 123rd District Court from Panola County DA Danny Buck Davidson, who opposed a new trial, and from Parker who said he was incompetent and unable to aid his own defense.


However, the judge ruled Parker’s complaint had already been taken up with the appellate court, and it is without jurisdiction to grant the motion.


Parker and Caskey had reportedly been involved in a long family feud.


Caskey’s family members were present for yesterday’s hearing and were said to be pleased with the ruling.


The 64-year old Parker began serving the life sentence in 1981.

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