A Florida man is accused of beating and stabbing his grandfather to death and then cutting off the victim’s ears, which were found in his pockets after the gruesome murder over the weekend.
Kolby Parker, 30, was covered in blood and standing next to the victim’s dead body when deputies arrived at their Lake County home Saturday evening to investigate the incident. The suspect had called 911 himself to report that his grandfather had attacked him while the pair was smoking marijuana at home.
But deputies would soon learn that Parker beat 76-year-old Ronal Wells, Sr., with a baseball bat, stabbed him with a large butcher knife and slashed the man’s ears for reasons that are still unclear, authorities said. The suspect later confessed to the killing, saying he wanted his grandfather “to be with his deceased grandmother” and that it “was his time to go,” according to an arrest affidavit.
The investigation began around 6:30 p.m. when Parker reported the stabbing to police and claimed he was able to disarm his grandfather and use the knife against him, authorities said. Deputies arrived at the home in DeLand, about 30 miles from Orlando, and found the victim lying on the front porch with at least four stab wounds to the chest.
Deputies noticed that Parker’s story didn’t add up and asked to see the “unidentified soft object” in his pockets, according to the affidavit. The suspect then pulled a bloody human ear from each of his two front pockets, held them in both hands and let the deputies photograph them, authorities said.
“This is where is he is,” Parker allegedly said as he showed them the ears.
At that point, the accused killer turned on the deputies, attacking and fighting them as he tried to grab their weapons, according to the sheriff’s office. A taser was used during the struggle, but it was not effective.
Parker was eventually handcuffed, taken to a hospital for treatment and then booked into the Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He was charged with second-degree murder, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Deputies later obtained a search warrant for the home and found a series of disturbing items inside, including a cooking apron with the phrase, “The Family Butcher,” hanging on the suspect’s bedroom wall, according to the affidavit. The apron also had a pair of plastic human-like ears attached to it, the document states.
In an interview with investigators, Parker detailed the attack and suggested the weed he was smoking with the victim may have been laced with an unknown substance, authorities said.