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Judge Parish Will Not Preside Over Anderson Murder Case

Posted 2/6/19

HUNTINGDON — Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish has recused himself from the case “State vs. David Herbert Anderson” because of previous court dealings with Anderson.In his letter to …

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Judge Parish Will Not Preside Over Anderson Murder Case

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HUNTINGDON — Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish has recused himself from the case “State vs. David Herbert Anderson” because of previous court dealings with Anderson.

In his letter to Terry Leonard, attorney for David Anderson, Parish wrote that he was the second of two judges who previously presided in the property boundary dispute that was possibly the center of the homicide case. Judge Creed McGinley, who also represents the circuit, will hear the case. Judge Parish presided over the case until it moved through the indictment.

David Herbert Anderson, 59, of Yuma, was indicted for second degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor, 64-year old Ben Cole Birdwell last July.

Birdwell’s body was found on a railroad bed near both of their properties with a head wound. Birdwell was a retired DEA agent.

According to reports, the two men had a history of property disputes. Anderson was also indicted for felony stalking, felony possession of a firearm with intent to go armed, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal trespass and tampering with evidence.

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