Mother's Day slaying blamed on cheap gift?
Mother's Day slaying blamed on cheap gift
Amy Moor, San Antonio Express-News Copyright 2012 San Antonio Express-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
By Amy Moore
BEAUMONT — Evetta Wright said she was puzzled when she got a call early Monday from her son.
Not long before, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, she'd dropped Clifton “JR” Barkin off at his house after taking him to Wal-Mart to buy flowers and a Mother's Day card for Paige Parkerson, the mother of Barkin's two small children.
When she answered the phone, she said Parkerson was on the line.
“Paige told me she killed JR, that he was dead,” Wright said through sobs.
Wright said she sped back over to her son's house, but it was too late.
Barkin, 22, died just after midnight Monday in the backyard of his yellow rental house, stabbed several times. Wright said she believes Parkerson expected a more expensive gift, such as jewelry.
Parkerson, 20, is being held in Jefferson County Jail on a first-degree felony murder charge, with bail set at $75,000.
The couple's two sons were asleep at home during the incident. Both are now with relatives.
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