Judge recuses self over gun case against Danville chief
Judge Robert Stephen decided he could not preside over the violation-level offense pending against Wade H. Parsons this week, after realizing he had a potential conflict in the case.
Prosecutors brought a violation-level charge against Parsons last year for leaving his department-issued .40-caliber handgun loaded in his duty belt and sitting on a duffel bag covered with clothing inside a closet at his home, according to prosecutors.
Another judge who briefly sat on the case refused to dismiss the case against Parsons, concluding that prosecutors were legally justified in bringing a charge, despite the boy’s intentions when he turned the gun on himself.
The next judge who takes over the case will not have to preside over a regular district court trial, Harrington said.
Harrington said she asked for the matter to be scheduled by the end of the month.
Earlier this year, Danville voters overwhelmingly reelected Parsons as their town’s police chief. Parsons has held the job for 20 years, and maintained the support of selectmen despite the charge brought by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.