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Autopsy: Vance County woman was stabbed before death in fire

Posted January 22, 2009

— An autopsy report released Thursday shows Geneva Brown Parham had been stabbed eight times, but died of smoke inhalation during a fire at her Vance County home.

Parham's burned body was found in her house, at 2567 Allison Cooper Drive, on Sept. 11, 2008. Her estranged husband, Robert Sterling Parham Jr., 36, of 671 Club Pond Road, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson in her death. He is being held on $300,000 bond.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that Geneva Parham most likely died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the fire although, the autopsy says, her stab wounds "would have been sufficient to cause death had the carbon monoxide not been fatal first."

Vance County deputies allege that the Parhams had been fighting before the fire.

The couple's three children are now in the custody of Geneva Parham's parents.


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  • venitapeyton Jan 22, 2009

    Better still: when you're dating a man and he says 'if I can't have you, nobody will', run. It's not a form of endearment. It's a good reason NOT to run down the aisle. Because they usually mean it.

  • Adelinthe Jan 22, 2009

    If this husband did this, he's nothing but a controlling coward who cared nothing for his children.

    Divorce for God's sakes; give up that macho need to control and divorce.

    Praying for what this woman suffered, and prayin for her children.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • garden Jan 22, 2009

    Geeze, if you can't get along get a divorce. Much less of a price to pay then murder. The children will pay a very high price for this murder also. Now they have no parents.

  • 2alegal Jan 22, 2009

    If this woman's husband did this, he should have to pay the ultimate price. No man has ANY RIGHT to hurt a woman and vice versa