Man charged with murder for October shooting
by Rolf Parker
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WARDSBORO- On Friday, December 9, Kevin Parker, a resident of Gilfeather Road was indicted in Windham Superior Court for second degree murder in the October 18 shooting death of his neighbor Kirby Staib. If convicted, Parker faces a sentence ranging from 20 years to life in prison.

Parker was not held by police immediately after the shooting and surrendered himself to Vermont State Police on December 12, three days after he was indicted. He was later released on $25,000 bail, with the condition that he not enter the “land or premises of Gilfeather Road.” He was released into the custody of Donald Parker, who, according to the Connecticut Post, is Kevin Parker’s brother who resides in Meriden, CT. Kevin Parker was also ordered to keep at least 300 feet from Staib’s girlfriend and Staib’s family members, and not to harass them in any way. He was also forbidden to have, buy or shoot any firearm or dangerous weapon. Failure to comply with these stipulations could result in additional charges and jail time.

According to Vermont State Police Det. Sgt. Richard Holden’s report of his conversation with the alleged shooter, Parker called 911 from his home at 600 Gilfeather Road to report the incident, which occurred at Nina Epstein’s property at 682 Gifeather Road. Parker was described as emotional but cooperative. Parker allegedly told Holden that he had had disagreements with Staib, who resided at 599 Gilfeather Road, over property boundaries during the last few years, and that police had been called to intervene in their confrontations in the past.

“Parker advised tonight while walking he observed Kirby with a shovel,” wrote Holden in his affidavit for a search warrant. “A verbal argument ensued and Kirby pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, and pointed it at him. Parker advised he was armed with a Mini-14, so he shot him. Parker was unsure how many times he shot.”

Parker also allegedly said he thought that Staib had shot at him, but was uncertain.

According to the affidavit by Det. Sgt.Tyson Kinney, Caroline Backus, who also lives on Gilfeather Road, said she heard Staib’s girlfriend screaming for help. The girlfriend told Backus that Staib had been shot. Backus went to Staib to assist in lifesaving procedures. She told police she found no pulse on Staib, but noticed a small gray and black firearm on the ground lying next to him. Dr. Robert Backus declared Staib dead at the scene. According to state police, a search of the property produced a Bersa Thunder .380 semi-automatic handgun, four .380 cartridge casings, and five .223 cartridges.

At Parker’s property, state police said they found a magazine, 11 .233 cartridges, and a .233 Sturm Ruger ranch rifle. The rifle was found in Parker’s gun safe, where he told police he had placed it after he got home and before calling police. An additional 1,971 .233 cartridges were also found.

“When asked if he normally carries a ‘ranch rifle’ around, Parker explained that he has had problems with coyotes, so for his protection he carries it with him,” Holden noted. The search warrant indicated shovels and/or “any and all lawn tools” were items of interest. Parker told Holden that he lives alone with his two black Labradors. An obituary for Staib noted he owned two Rottweilers.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 6. No date for the trial has been set.

Note: staff reporter Rolf Parker is not related to Kevin Parker.
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