Two Arrested in Barclay Case

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


The Anniston Police Department held a press conference at Anniston’s Municipal Courtroom regarding the Friday night shooting that took place in the Saks community. Anniston police responded to a call around 9:30 p.m. on Friday of gunfire in the neighborhood, where officers found 42-year-old Deatrice Barclay dead. Two men have been charged with the murder in the death of Barclay. According to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matthew Wade, Joshua Parker and Joel Abbott were taken to the Calhoun County Jail on Tuesday around noon. They are both charged with murder and their bond is set at $500,000. Parker has worked about two years as a jailer for the city. He was a friend of Abbott, who was injured in the shooting on Permita Street. Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham had previously declined to give details about the shooting because Parker was an off-duty Anniston city jail employee. Parker has been placed on administrative leave.  Several civil rights activists and community leaders attended the press conference. NAACP official Glen Ray and Community Activist Ben Little spoke on the community’s frustrations and what many think really took place.The State Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency on the case.


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