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Prosecutors: Michael Parson led double life

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Michael Parson in court on Tuesday morning. Michael Parson in court on Tuesday morning.
Adina Parson was in court for the trial of her husband, who is accused in her shooting. Adina Parson was in court for the trial of her husband, who is accused in her shooting.

The trial of a Sandy Springs man accused of gunning down his wife began Tuesday in Fulton County.  Michael Parson is charged with attempted murder.

According to prosecutors, Parson is a deceitful and calculating husband who no longer wanted to be married.  They say he shot his wife, Adina Parson, and left her for dead because he was in love with another woman.

Before the shooting, prosecutors say Adina Parson was a young, successful lawyer who worked a lot, engaged in couple's activities with her husband, and volunteered at church.  The state says her husband was leading a double life, and was engaged to Rachel Harner, a young soldier he met when she was just 19 years old.  

Prosecutors allege that Michael Parson shot his wife eight times in April 2012.  They say he had a wedding date with his new fiancé.

"This is about a man who is done with his wife and has fallen in love with a 21-year-old Marine," said prosecuting attorney Linda Dunikowski.

Parson's defense concedes that he led a double life, but they said that there is no evidence proving that he shot his wife.  

"It's not about whether Michael Parson cheated on someone. It's not about whether or not he was with Rachel Harner and he led Rachel Harner's family on a wild goose chase. This case is about whether Michael Parson shot Adina Parson," said defense attorney Robert Booker.

Prosecutors said that Michael Parson met Harner at a Petland in Dunwoody, where the two worked. The store's general manager testified that the two had told her they were already married.

Authorities arrested Parson near the Mexican border and charged him with attempted murder.

As a result of the shooting, Adina Parson lost her eye, is barely able to walk and talk, and is confined to a wheelchair.

Prosecutors announced during opening statements on Tuesday that the court will not hear from Adina Parson.  They say although she is able to understand what's going on, verbalizing her thoughts is much more difficult.

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