He was ordered to stay 1,000 feet away from her. Now he’s charged with murder.

This story was corrected at 10:49 a.m. Sept. 23, 2019.

A judge ordered a Roxboro man to be held without bail Friday in connection with the death of a woman who had taken out a restraining order against him.

Timothy Wade Parnell, 58, was charged with murder Thursday in the death of Anne H. Kirkpatrick, whose body was found Sept. 8 in the yard outside her home at 2509 Brown Road in Hurdle Mills in northern Orange County.

Parnell also faces three counts of violating a domestic violence protective order: two for being at Kirkpatrick’s home and one for contacting her by phone. The alleged violations took place Sept. 7 and 8. Judge Sherri Murrell set bail on those charges at $250,000.

“This investigation was time consuming and difficult,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a news release Thursday night. “Although several residents nearby later reported hearing shots earlier that morning, no one called 911 and no one witnessed the murder.”

Timothy Parnell
Timothy Parnell Orange County Sheriff's Office

Kirkpatrick had two active protective orders at the time of her death, the Sheriff’s Office said in the release. One was against her husband, from whom she had separated, it said. The other required Parnell to stay at least 1,000 feet away from her, it said.

The order against Parnell says on July 17, 2019, he allegedly got angry when he thought Kirkpatrick had looked at another man in a restaurant.

“After they left the restaurant, he grabbed her by the wrist and neck, frightening her enough that she jumped out of the vehicle and got into a stranger’s vehicle to escape,” the Sheriffs Office said in the release.

Violating a protective order is a misdemeanor, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Alicia Stemper said in an email, with a judge setting bail and other conditions for pre-trial release. Once a person has three convictions, a subsequent violation is charged as a felony, she said.

Both men had alibis for the day Kirkpatrick was killed, Blackwood said in the release, but after obtaining search warrants and analyzing evidence, investigators found inconsistencies in Parnell’s story.

“It is a well-known fact that most murders are committed by someone the victim knows,” Blackwood said. “Parnell was always high on our suspect list, but we had to wait for the evidence to prove it.”

Parnell was previously charged with assault in 2005, Assistant District Attorney Byron Beasley said. He also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in 1980.

His next court date will be Oct. 7.


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Mark Schultz is the deputy metro editor for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He has been an editor, reporter and photographer in North Carolina for 30 years.