Vonore man charged with killing great aunt

Vonore man charged with killing great aunt

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James Ray Parker (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office) James Ray Parker (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - A Vonore man is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of a relative.

Monroe County sheriff's investigators say James Ray Parker was charged Monday after confessing to the murder of Kathy Bookout, 57.

Investigators say Bookout was Parker's great aunt.

They are not saying what the motive is right now.

"With all cases we want to make certain that we don't compromise the case, so it's better sometimes we say less," said Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens.

Sheriff Bivens says the murder was premeditated.

Detectives say Parker admitted to shooting Bookout with a rifle in her home. The weapon has been recovered.

Parker is being held in the Monroe County Jail. Bond has not been set.

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