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DA: 'Charges speak for themselves' in case of Wilson woman's murder

Posted August 21, 2015 2:01 p.m. EDT
Updated November 9, 2015 4:13 p.m. EST

— The man charged with the death of 20-year-old Isabel Calvo Palacios made his first court appearance Friday morning, simply answering yes or no to most of the judge's questions.

Gregory K. Parks, 56, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping, despite the fact that investigators have yet to locate Palacios’ body. She has been missing since July 31.

According to police, Palacios was last seen at Parks' 4710 Ward Blvd. home.

When WRAL asked Nash County District Attorney Robert Evans why Parks was charged with Palacios’ murder, he would only say, "The charges speak for themselves. You know, we charge based on our investigations."

Parks was convicted by a Wilson County jury in 2013 on two counts of participating in the prostitution of a minor. He was released from prison after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned the convictions, citing lack of evidence.

He has several other previous convictions including manslaughter and attempted first-degree and second-degree rape.

Parks is due back in court on September 1 for a probable cause hearing.

Parks was being held without bond in the Wilson County Jail.