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Victims' families point to Raleigh murder suspect's violent past

Posted May 23, 2011

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— The parents of a 14-year-old girl who was shot six years ago by a man now facing a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a Raleigh pizza store owner said Monday that they believe the justice system failed them.

William Damieon Edwards, 43, of 7308 Great Laurel Drive, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after he fired an assault rifle into a car full of teenagers in August 2005, striking Amber Parker. Police said the shooting followed an argument over a football game.

Prosecutors and Edwards' attorneys struck a plea deal to drop the charges down to firing into personal property. He served four months of a nine-month sentence. 

Parker's parents are now questioning why Edwards wasn't given a stricter punishment after they learned that he was arrested Friday in the May 19 shooting death of Jay Waheed Ammeri, at the NY Style Pizza restaurant at 7440 Louisburg Road.

"Because they couldn't prove intent, that he intended to hurt her, they dropped the heavy charges," said Pam Parker, Amber Parker's stepmother. "If they had handled it differently back in '05, this may not have happened."

Pam Parker Victims' families point to Raleigh murder suspect's violent past

Edwards was denied bond Monday.

In a statement, Ammeri's family said they hope he will face the death penalty.

"This ruthless and heartless monster has destroyed countless lives in the past and is no stranger to violence," cousin Waz Faizy wrote. "It is because of this long history of aggressive violence that the family is asking for the death penalty. Anything less is not acceptable. We do not want another family to suffer like we have been ever again."

Raleigh police have not offered a motive for the shooting.

Court records show that Edwards was acquitted of first-degree murder in 1989 and was charged with firing a gun into occupied property a year later. Those charges were dismissed.

Edwards' sister and several neighbors said they were shocked by the murder charges and described the suspect as a family man.

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  • djcgriffin May 25, 2011

    I think some of the problem is the pressure on the DAs and ADAs to obtain a high conviction rate. The DAs and ADAs are making deals with the accused to ensure tht they they receive a conviction instead of taking it to trial. Sad nonetheless

  • bluered5858 May 24, 2011

    our justis system sucks,the liberals have made it where the victims dont have any rights ,the criminals have all the rights
    along with a good lawyer,it sickens me,and the law says let the law take care of it,bull if anybody screws with me I will take care of it,I promise.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 May 24, 2011

    "I keep hearing all of these things about this man, noone wants to see the other side. Some talked about a 14 yr old girl, who happened to be with a 21 yr. old, an 18 yr and another 19 yr, what was a 14 yr old even doing with guys of these ages, who had threatened the life of a good man at heart. Previously in greensboro, this man was gunfronted by a notorious drug-dealer and he acted in self defense. All this talk is ridiculous, noone knows this though, until now."

    How can you see fit to judge that 14 year old girl, yet you are so unwilling to judge this guy whose life philosophy seems to be "shoot first and ask questions later"?

  • tazbot001 May 24, 2011

    "August 2005 shot at a car with 14 year old girl inside", family of suspect say "He's a good man, he's not a murderer". 2006 two convictions of discharging a firearm, suspects family say "oh but he's a good man and good father, he's a family man". May 19 2011 shoots and kills owner of restaurant, family members again say "oh but he's a good man, he wouldn't do anything like this something else must have happened he's just too good of a man to kill someone and be portrayed as a murderer!" What they say is true, love is blind, especially love of family members. I guess because he's "a good man and family man" we should just look the other way and say to him "oh you poor dear I'm sorry we put you through this, you are such a good man". How many times do you have to be hit in the head with a 2x4 to see this guy is a MURDERER!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  • Minxi23 May 24, 2011

    "The guy spent 4 months in jail for killing a girl? What kind of justice is that? You would get more time for beating a dog"-Davework.

    The girl survived. It was on the news last night. She had multiple surgeries and therapy to recover, but thankfully she is alive. I'm also upset that he only served 4 months. Like many have already said, he should have remained in jail and Mr.Jay would have been alive today. My condolences and prayers go out to the family who lost their loved one.

  • Smiley30 May 24, 2011

    Most good guys I know don't own assault rifles & if they did they wouldn't fire them at other people.

  • Dido May 24, 2011

    "Because they couldn't prove intent, that he intended to hurt her, they dropped the heavy charges," said Pam Parker, Amber Parker's stepmother~~~Firing a loaded gun into a car filled with people does NOT show intent????? What in the world!

  • lovey25993 May 24, 2011

    jtwalden1112...Are you on crack??
    He obviously attempted to kill or harm people in this same way at least on 2 other occasions. Looks like he has skated by before in the system...Maybe he won't get out of it this time...
    Who cares how old the girl was and the ages of who she was riding with, who cares if these two men had some kind of disagreement?? That makes it ok to kill???

  • rightisright58 May 24, 2011

    jtwalden1112: "I keep hearing all of these things about this man, noone wants to see the other side. Some talked about a 14 yr old girl, who happened to be with a 21 yr. old, an 18 yr and another 19 yr, what was a 14 yr old even doing with guys of these ages, who had threatened the life of a good man at heart"

    What, pray tell, does a 14 year old being with older people have to do with this CRIMINAL shooting at her?? Sounds like you might be a relative. Who are you kidding?? Good man at heart?? Hope he doesn't decide to come after you or your family. Of course, he'll probably get the chance, considering the past "forgiveness" of his actions by the courts.

  • kal May 24, 2011

    So how may years or months will he get this time. I guess it depends on what magical wand his laywer(s) will wave.

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