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Suspect's girlfriend charged in Cary murder case

Posted August 27, 2014

— Police on Wednesday arrested the girlfriend of a man who they say shot and killed a home health care nurse outside a Cary apartment complex Friday night.

Jessica Renee Parrisher, 28, of 501-B6 Gooseneck Drive, Cary, was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder for allegedly lying to police in their investigation, according to an arrest warrant.

Daniel Scott Remington, 36, also of Gooseneck Drive, faces a charge of murder in the death of Wendy Jean Johnson, whom he allegedly shot around 11 p.m. Aug. 22 in the parking lot of Hyde Park Apartments – less than 2 miles from his home.

Johnson, 58, of Sanford, had been in Cary for her job, and according to a search warrant made public Wednesday, was getting out of her car when Remington approached her and shot her after she wouldn't give him her purse.

She was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, where she was pronounced dead.

Cary police had no comment Wednesday on Parrisher's arrest and referred questions to the Wake County District Attorney's Office.

A man at Remington's apartment Tuesday, who identified himself as Parrisher's father, said Remington returned there briefly Friday night after the shooting to gather some belongings and then left again.

Parrisher's father, who wouldn't identify himself, said neither he nor his daughter knew about the crime, and that she gave police information that led to Remington's arrest Saturday night in Fayetteville.

The arrest warrant, however, states that she "knowingly provid(ed) false statements to Cary police detectives … regarding Daniel Scott Remington Jr.'s admission … that he had committed the felony of first-degree murder."

Remington told police that he shot Johnson when she tried to stop him from taking her purse, investigators said in the Aug. 25 search warrant for Johnson's 2014 Dodge Dart.

He then fled the scene in a 2013 Chevrolet Impala that police also searched. Investigators seized clothing, a pair of tennis shoes, a small box of ammunition, blood swabs and other items – although they don't specify where the items were found.

Several people called 911 around 11 p.m. Friday reporting that they heard a gunshot and a woman screaming for help in the parking lot. Another caller reported she had been shot in the back.

Remington is being held in the Wake County jail without bond. Parrisher was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Johnson's funeral is planned for noon Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Sanford. A visitation is planned at the church for 10 a.m.


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  • sunshine1040 Aug 28, 2014

    Why would you want to date a guy with his record Let alone call yourself his I saw the record I would be running not walking away from this person

  • John Booker Aug 27, 2014
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    Typical police move to arrest the girlfriend. She'll tell all and the cops will have the evidence they need. If she'd been truthful up front, she'd be free now.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 27, 2014

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    That is all blatantly false.

  • Ven Aug 27, 2014

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    Ask the victim's family how they feel about statistics.

  • Fanny Chmelar Aug 27, 2014
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    Hyperbole. Turn off the media-driven sensationalism and get involved in the community.

  • raleighboy524 Aug 27, 2014

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    True, but Cary has had several murders this year. That is a trend.

  • RaleighHunts Aug 27, 2014

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    one crime does not a trend make. Statistically Cary is one of the top few safest towns in the entire united states... durham, on the other hand, is not.

  • Doug Hanthorn Aug 27, 2014
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    Duh. Maybe you haven't figured it out but they do have gun safes that can be opened in about a second or so. But, yeah, we expect you to secure your guns for the safety of everyone else in the community.

  • dubious Aug 27, 2014

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    To drive a car, the operator must be of a certain age, pass a vision test, pass a written exam, demonstrate proficiency in operating the vehicle, and submit to follow up evaluation at regular intervals. The vehicle itself must be registered with the state to a specific owner, insured, and be inspected for safety each year. Failure to meet any of these requirements result in a fine at a minimum.

    Suggest even minimal requirements like registration of weapons and a background investigations on buyers and watch the NRA pitch a fit.

    So much for the "well regulated militia".

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 27, 2014

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    If that's what it takes to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands as so many "legal" guns do, then yes.