TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A grand jury has indicted a married couple arrested for the murder of a Tallahassee man.
Grand jurors returned indictments against Jessie Daquan Price-Brown, 24, and Terrelle Lamar Price-Brown, 25, for murder-first degree and accessory after the fact for the death of Derek Parks.
The court document, filed Dec. 20, 2018, said that on or about July 17, 2018, the couple killed Parks.
The suspects are being held in the Leon County Detention Center, where they were booked after they were returned from a jail in Fairfax, Virginia.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A married couple arrested for the murder of a Tallahassee man met the victim through a dating app, court documents reveal.
The suspects, Jessie Daquan Price-Brown, 24, and Terrelle Lamar Price-Brown, 25, were booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Tuesday after their transfer there from a jail in Fairfax, Virgina. No bond amount was listed.
The couple's relationship includes soliciting other sexual partners through applications such as Grindr, according to a probable cause document.
A car owned by the victim, Parks, was found in possession of the two suspects.
Jessie and Terrelle Price-Brown stayed at the home of Derek Parks for several days in June but left for Americus, Georgia, where Terrelle's mother lives.
Cell phone evidence and vehicle GPS evidence suggest that Parks gave them a ride to Americus, the court document said.
Witness testimony reveals that Jessie and Terrelle argued while they stayed with Terrelle's mother and Jessie left the residence and contacted Parks.
Parks drove Jessie to his apartment in Tallahassee, court documents said, and Jessie remained with Parks in Tallahassee for the next few days.
On July 16, Jessie was seen with Parks along with a U-Haul van that investigators determined that Parks rented that day for six hours. Parks was listed on the rental ticket as a secondary driver.
On July 19, Parks' mother reported to TPD that he had not heard from her son for a week, which was unusual, and law enforcement said that an investigation revealed that Parks was last seen in the company of the suspects on July 16.
On July 22, Parks car passed a government-controlled license plate reading device in Arlington, Virginia. Due to Parks being listed as missing, investigators began searching for the vehicle.
The Fairfax County Police Department found the the abandoned vehicle on August 1 and inside it found a pawn receipt with the name Terrelle Price-Brown" and fingerprints belonging to both Jessie and Terrelle.
On Sept. 13, information was learned that led to the recovery of Parks' body in Americus, Georgia.
Two people charged in murder of missing Tallahassee man
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two people have been arrested for the murder of a Tallahassee man who was reported missing back in July.
On July 19, the mother of Derek Levy Parks reported him as missing to the Tallahassee Police Department.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Parks was last seen in the company of Jessie Daquan Price-Brown, 24, and Terrelle Lamar Price-Brown, 25, on July 16.
TPD said the investigation into the Park’s disappearance lead to the recovery of his vehicle in Virginia, which was in possession of the suspects.
Throughout the investigation, TPD stated the suspects actively tried to prevent the efforts of law enforcement from finding Parks.
On Sept. 13, information was learned that lead to the recovery of Parks' body in Americus, Georgia.
According to TPD, indications from the condition of his body strongly suggested that Parks was murdered. Parks' was later determined to have been murdered in Tallahassee and the case was turned over to TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit.
Through various interviews and evidence gathered, officers learned that the suspects in this case likely were caught stealing property from Parks and he was murdered as a result.
TPD said after talking with the State Attorney’s Office, Jessie Daquan Price-Brown and Terrelle Lamar Price-Brown are being charged with homicide - willfully kill or murder while engaged in certain felony offense and public order crimes accessory after the fact of capital felony.
Both are currently in the Fairfax Adult Detention Center located in Fairfax, Virginia.
AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - Skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Americus are believed to be a man reported missing out of Tallahassee, according to law enforcement.
On September 14, the Americus Police Department received information that the body of a man reported as missing from Tallahassee, Florida may be located in an area off the 900 block of Railroad Street in Americus.
Officers searched the area and located the skeletal remains of an unidentified person at approximately 7 a.m.
The skeletal remains have not been positively identified, but are believed to be those of Derek Levy Parks, 32, who was reported missing in July, according to the Americus Police Department.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation and the GBI Crime Scene Unit recovered the remains, which were transported to the state crime lab.
The death investigation is being conducted jointly by the Americus Police Department, GBI and the Tallahassee Police Department.
Anyone with information related to his investigation is asked to call one of the investigating agencies.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Police are asking for help finding a missing 32-year-old man.
The Tallahassee Police Department's Special Victims Unit is seeking information about Derek Levy Parks, who was last seen in the 500 block area of North Monroe Street.
TPD says Parks is known to drive a red 2015 Chevrolet.
Parks is 5-foot-7 and weighs 115 pounds.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call TPD at (850) 891-4200.