One of the things that has always bothered Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler about the February 1981 murder of Barbara Parsons is that her husband, who was convicted of the crime, "has never admitted to it."
"I don't think there's any great mystery about what happened," Leffler said.
James "Jim" O. Parsons, now 75, goes before a parole board Friday. He is serving 15 years to life for beating his estranged wife to death with a breaker bar.
"They were living in the same house," Leffler said. "There were certainly some problems. There were divorce consultations."
Parsons has been at the Richland Correctional Institution since Aug. 18, 1993.
While 41-year-old Barbara Parsons was bludgeoned to death on the morning of Feb. 12, 1981, her husband wasn't arrested until 12 years later -- on Feb. 23, 1993.
A detailed story about the case, including evidence and testimony presented during the trial and Leffler's commentary, appears on the front page of Friday's Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as these, sign up for home delivery by calling 419-668-3771 or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of each issue) for less than $1 per week and read the full-version of the stories online.