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Gary Lee Parsons


Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042,; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840,

Suspect Arrested in Mission Viejo Homicide

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (February 3, 2015) – On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Gary Lee Parsons, 74, Mission Viejo, was arrested in connection with the homicide of his wife, Barbara Parsons, 73, Mission Viejo. Gary was arrested following a homicide investigation at the couple’s residence in the 27000 block of Pueblo Nuevo in the city of Mission Viejo.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call from Gary who indicated he had killed his wife. Responding deputies arrived and detained Gary as he sat in his vehicle, parked in front of the residence. Deputies entered the residence and located Barbara, deceased inside the residence. Sheriff’s investigators responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears Gary and Barbara were involved in a physical altercation inside the residence. During the altercation, Barbara suffered what appears to be fatal injuries; however, the Orange County Coroner Division will determine the manner and cause of death following completion of their investigation. Investigators have not determined a motive for the homicide.

Gary was arrested for murder and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 or (714) 647-7044. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at

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