Dorothy Marie Gass, 65, of Georgia faces a felony charge for allegedly making a false 911 call that led to the unwarranted shooting death of Mark Parkinson by police in his home, on New Year’s Day
Mark is the father of her estranged daughter-in-law, Amy Gass
Dorothy told dispatchers on New Years Day that Amy was threatening to kill herself and her children, a claim police say was inaccurate
Amy was staying with her parents, Mark and Diana, while going through a divorce and custody dispute with her husband and Dorothy’s son, Steven Gass
Deputies went to the Parkinsons’ home, which startled Mark and Diana’s dogs
Mark then got out of bed with his gun, not knowing police where there
The police then saw him through the window with the gun, leading Walker County Sheriff’s Deputy John Chandler to fire his own weapon three times
Chandler’s gunfire hit and ultimately killed the beloved father and husband
Chandler was cleared in an internal investigation, and a grand jury did not return an indictment on him in September
Dorothy was indicted on Tuesday on a charge of false statements, writings and concealing of facts after a mix-up first led to dismissal of a misdemeanor charge
Dorothy Marie Gass, [photo], faces a felony charge for alleged false 911 call that led to the death of Mark Parkinson, the father of her estranged daughter-in-law, in Georgia on New Year’s Day
A Georgia mother-in-law faces a felony charge for allegedly making a false 911 call that led to the death of the father of her estranged daughter-in-law.
Dorothy Marie Gass faces a felony charge for allegedly making an emergency call to law enforcement that led to the death of the father of her estranged daughter-in-law, in Georgia, at the hands of cops.
The new criminal charges comme three and a half months after a judge unexpectedly dismissed a case against her in the making of the 911 call triggered a fatal police shooting in Rossville, Georgia.
The grand jury in Walker County Tuesday indicted Dorothy Marie Gass charging her with false statements, writings and concealing of facts, a felony. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation accused Gass of making up a story about her son’s estranged wife in the midst of a custody battle.
Gass, 65, called and told dispatchers in Rossville, Georgia on January 1 that [her daughter-in-law] Amy Gass was threatening to kill herself and her children, a claim police have said was inaccurate.
Amy was estranged from the caller’s son and was staying over at her parent’s home.
When police arrived at the home, Amy’s father, Mark Parkinson, the unknowing home owner was startled by his barking dogs, got out of bed and grabbed his gun.
Police reportedly saw him through the window with the gun, leading one to fire his own weapon three times, hitting and ultimately killing the beloved father and husband.
‘I can’t express just how bad my past ten months have been since Mark was killed,’ his wife, Diana Parkinson, told WRCB.
‘I feel as though a shroud has been over me and I just can’t get over it.’
The 911 call came in at about 3.15am on January 1, police said, after phone records show Steven and Amy Gass had talked on the phone for about 15 minutes at around 2.30am.
In the call, Dorothy claimed to have received a threatening message from her daughter-in-law saying that she was going to kill herself and her children, the Times Free Press reported.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said there is no evidence that Amy ever made any such threat.
Even so, following the call to authorities, three Walker County sheriff’s deputies, including Deputy John Chandler, went out to the Parkinson’s home, where Amy was staying with her children.
Chandler reportedly saw Mark through the window from his position on the porch, and ducked and warned the other two deputies with him.
When Chandler peeked into the house again, he said he still saw the gun, and opened fire, striking and fatally wounding Mark.
‘By the time I got into the kitchen, which probably was 30 seconds after he got up, he was already on the floor and had been shot,’ Diana told WSBTV.
‘If I shut my eyes, I see him lying in the floor, bleeding out,’ she said, through tears. ‘When I go to bed at night I have to try to think of something else so I don’t see that.’
Chandler was cleared by an internal affairs investigation, and a grand jury failed to return an indictment on him in September, finding he had not used excessive force.
Dorothy was first charged with making a false report, a misdemeanor, in the case in February, which was being handled by the GBI.
When the GBI’s Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey asked for the original June court date to be rescheduled, Ramey said he received no response, and when no one showed up to prosecute the case at that time, State Court Judge Billy Mullinax dismissed the charge against Dorothy.
‘It makes you feel defeated and mad and more determined than ever to bring it to civil court and get something done the correct way,’ Diana said. ‘They won’t get the best of me.’
On Tuesday, a grand jury returned an indictment against Dorothy for the felony charge of false statements, writings and concealing of facts.
‘This is just the first step for the justice that is demanded,’ Stephen Fuller, an attorney representing Mark’s widow, said.
Before Dorothy’s arrest on the first charge, her son said she suffers from dementia, which might explain what she is accused of saying during the 911 call from January 1.
Steven also said that his estranged wife is a caring mother who would never hurt their children, and he didn’t believe any such threat had been made.
Dorothy has not yet been arrested on the felony charge.
Special Agent in Charge Ramey said Gass’ attorney informed the judge in the new case that Gass is currently hospitalized.
Diana is still considering filing a civil lawsuit in the case.