Man accused of killing wife at Federal Way church pleads guilty

Man accused of killing wife at Federal Way church pleads guilty
Charles Parsons
SEATTLE -- A man accused of killing his ex-wife at a Federal Way church pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges on Friday.

Prosecutors say Charles Parsons, 44, shot and killed Carol Parsons in March 2010 during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church. He then called 911 to turn himself in.

Carol Parsons, 38, was shot after she said she wouldn't leave her boyfriend to try to get back together with her ex-husband, investigators said. The couple, who had three children, divorced in 2008.

According to the statement of probable cause, Charles Parsons got up to leave from the session, then turned around and pointed a gun at his wife. As his wife began to scream, he pointed the gun at the counselor and told him not to move, detectives said.

He then opened fire, shooting his ex-wife at least six times, according to the document. He then called 911, told them what he had done and was laying in the parking lot when police arrived.

Carol Parsons was transported to Harborview and died a short time later of her wounds.

Charles Parsons will face a sentence range of 22 to 28 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend 28 ½ years. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.