Man convicted of 2009 murder in GR

Teivariol Moore in an interview from the Kent County jail. (Aug. 17, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After more than five years, a man has been convicted of a 2009 Grand Rapids murder.

Teivariol Moore, 26, was found guilty on Monday of second-degree murder for the death of William Parnell.

William Parnell, who was murdered at a home on Diamond Avenue NE in Grand Rapids in Sept. 2009.
(A file photo of Parnell.)

Parnell was killed in September 2009, but Moore wasn’t arrested until August 2014 after the Kent Metro Cold Case Team took up the case.

In a jailhouse interview a week after his arrest, Moore admitted to 24 Hour News 8 that he killed Parnell, but he said it wasn’t murder.

Parnell, 56, was living with Moore’s uncle at a Diamond Avenue NE home at the time of his death. When Moore went to the house on the day Parnell was killed, he said, he and Parnell got into an argument that turned into a fight. He said he put Parnell in a choke hold. Once Parnell was unconscious, he said, he bound his hands. Police say Parnell was also gagged. Moore said he didn’t mean to kill Parnell and found out only later that he had died.

Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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