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Huntsville police officer charged with murder will not receive immunity

A Madison County judge denied immunity to the Huntsville police officer charged with murder after a 2018 shooting.
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Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate denied immunity to Huntsville Police officer William Darby, charged with murder after the 2018 shooting of 49-year-old Jeffrey Parker.

READ: Court order denying immunity to William Darby

Huntsville Police Officer William Darby shot and killed 49-year old Jeffery Parker last April while responding to a suicidal call. Police say Parker refused or drop his weapon. Darby is claiming self-defense and wanted to be granted immunity from prosecution. 

In his immunity hearing Wednesday, the public got its first look at the police body camera footage from the incident. Darby told the judge he was concerned for another officer’s safety when they were inside Parker’s home. The prosecution says he rushed into the situation and was on the scene for 11 seconds before he fired.

The body camera footage shows Darby running into Parker’s home, there’s yelling to drop a weapon, and Darby’s gun is fired. 

Several other people, including the senior officers who were with Darby at the scene, testified about the events that took place. The City of Huntsville is paying up to $125,000 for his defense.