Home invasion suspects plead not guilty

Published 11:00 pm Friday, August 31, 2012

Two people accused of aiding in a violent March 5 home invasion have entered “not guilty” pleas.

Deanna McLeod, 20, of Troy, and Parrish Bean, 20, of Troy, were scheduled for an arraignment on Friday. Both waived that right and pleaded not guilty.

McLeod and Bean are each charged with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.

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Police believe the pair were accomplices in a home invasion that left a young Troy couple with stab wounds and knife injuries requiring surgery and the man who kicked in their front door wielding a shotgun dead.

At a March 27 preliminary hearing, an investigator testified that the both Bean and McLeod told officers that they knew Thomas White [the deceased suspect] had a gun and was going to “hit a lick [commit robbery].”

The investigator relayed that the pair also told officers they drove White to an intersection near the crime scene and waited to retrieve him.

He said Bean and McLeod told police that White chose the victims’ neighborhood “because they had big houses.”

Police have phone records that show a call was made from McLeod’s cell phone to White’s phone at 1:38 a.m.

According to police, White kicked in the front door of a home on Martha George Hall Drive about 1:06 a.m.

Bean and McLeod are being held in the Pike County Jail on $420,000 bonds while they await further court proceedings.