Parsons could have helped his own case: Crown attorney

The crown attorney in Parson's wrongful conviction says he and his lawyer could have done something to help the case

Two days after apologizing for the wrongful conviction of Gregory Parsons, the Crown attorney in the case said Wednesday that Parsons and his lawyer could have done more to prevent the conviction.

Parsons was convicted of the 1991 killing of his mother, Catherine Carroll. He served six weeks of a life sentence before being released from jail. Later, a childhood friend confessed to the murder.

Cathy Knox was testifying at an inquiry into Parsons' conviction. She said there were several things Parsons and his lawyer could have done differently.

"Had he chosen to testify at the trial and make the jury aware of (the information) he has been bringing forward in the last number of years in the public forum, I believe (it) would have made a difference," she said.

Parsons was angered by Knox's testimony. He said that he was only 21 years old when he was prosecuted and that he was terrified by the whole process.

"Everything I said in my defence when I spoke to the police ... was used against me and turned around," he said.

Knox suggested that Parsons' lawyer could have called expert witnesses at the trial and that he should have challenged the evidence that police collected.

Parsons' case is one of three wrongful convictions before the commission. The inquiry has already heard from Ronald Dalton, who spent nearly nine years in prison before being acquitted of his wife's murder.

Later this year the inquiry will look at the case of Randy Druken, convicted of the 1993 murder of his girlfriend, Brenda Marie Young. The Crown eventually stayed the charges after a jailhouse informant recanted his testimony in the case.