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Husband accused in shooting referred to himself as 'sociopath' in letter

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -

Testimony continued Wednesday in a Fulton County courtroom in the case of a Sandy Springs man accused of gunning down his wife.  Prosecutors say Michael Parson shot his wife, Adina, eight times in April 2012 outside their apartment.  

Michael Parson is charged with attempted murder. According to prosecutors, Parson is a deceitful and calculating husband who no longer wanted to be married.  They say he shot his wife, Adina Parson, and left her for dead because he was in love with another woman.

Prosecutors spent the second day of testimony trying to punch holes in Michael Parson's alibi.  Parson allegedly told police he was being treated for spinal cancer at the time of the shooting, but police say one of his friends told them that story was not true.

Detective David Romero of the Sandy Springs Police Department testified that Parson's friend, Deantae Robinson, admitted that he was the person at the VA hospital at the time of the shooting and not Michael Parson.

Romero said that Robinson attempted to explain why he lied.

"His explanation varied, but basically he was just doing it as a friend and then he later on feels that he was played upon," Romero said.

Police say VA hospital records proved Parson has never been treated for cancer, but numerous witnesses during the trial have said the suspect told them he had the deadly disease.

Sandy Springs police say they were watching Parson just days after the shooting, and they think he must have known it.  Det. Derek Williams told jurors he was watching for Parson at the hospital when he went to visit his wife just after the shooting, but he lost him.  

Before the shooting, prosecutors say Adina Parson was a young, successful lawyer who worked a lot, engaged in couple's activities with her husband, and volunteered at church.  The state says her husband was leading a double life, and was engaged to Rachel Harner, a young soldier he met when she was just 19 years old.  

The defense has conceded that Parson was a bad husband, but they say the state has no evidence he pulled the trigger.

On Wednesday, prosecutors showed jurors target practice sheets they found in Parson's garage. They also read a letter the shooting suspect wrote to Harner.

"'Rachel, you really were the love of my life. If I wasn't a sociopath, we would have done amazing things together. Please do not let this me ruin the rest of your life. You are a very strong woman and you will go as far as your mind will allow. I love you so much. Michael,'" read prosecuting attorney Linda Dunikowski.

Prosecutors had planned on playing a videotape of an interview Parson gave to police, but a suspicious package scare caused a delay in court proceedings.

As a result of the shooting, Adina Parson lost her eye, is barely able to walk and talk, and is confined to a wheelchair.

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