Home invasion suspects request youthful offender status

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two people suspected of aiding in a violent home invasion back in March now have hearings scheduled to be considered for youthful offender status.

Deanna McLeod and Parrish Bean were both 20 at the time of the crime.

They 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 say they have evidence the two were accomplices in a home invasion on March 5 that left a Troy couple with knife wounds that required surgery and the man who kicked in their front door wielding a shotgun dead.

Police have testified in court that both Bean and McLeod told officers they knew Thomas White [the deceased suspect] had a gun and was going to commit a robbery. Police also relayed that they have cell phone records connecting McLeod to White at the time of the crime and that Bean and McLeod told officers they drove White to an intersection near the crime scene and waited to retrieve him.

According to police, residents at a Martha George Hall Drive home were awoken about 1:06 the morning of the crime when White kicked in the front door of their home. He assaulted the homeowners and demanded money, car keys and other items.

When the incident escalated further, police say the couple fought back until lawmen arrived on scene. White later died from his injuries.

Under Alabama Code, anyone involved in a crime that leads to a death can be charged in that death.

Court records show McLeod had a bond reduction hearing on Oct. 24, but no decision has been made in that request. She is scheduled for a youthful offender hearing on Nov. 6. Jury selection in her trial is set for Nov. 7 and a trial could begin as early as Nov. 8.

Bean’s youthful offender hearing is set for Oct. 30 and he is not yet scheduled for trial, according to court records.

Bean and McLeod are being held in the Pike County Jail on $420,000 bonds while they await further court proceedings. Both have entered not guilty pleas.