Police: Couple murdered Tallahassee man, pawned his belongings

Jessie and Terrelle Price-Brown
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Two suspects arrested last month in Virginia for the murder of a Tallahassee man have now been extradited to Leon County and an arrest affidavit reveals new details about what led up to the murder.

Jessie Price-Brown, 24, and Terrelle Price-Brown, 25, are charged with second degree murder for the death of 32-year-old Derek Levy Parks.

Investigators say the suspects, a married couple, met Derek Parks through a dating app. The suspects soon befriended the victim and stayed at his Tallahassee apartment in June.

In the days prior to the murder in mid-July, Jessie Price-Brown allegedly stayed with the victim again.

Investigators believe that during the stay, Jessie and Terrelle decided to rob Parks' apartment when he was away at work, but Parks came home early and interrupted the burglary. The suspects allegedly bound Parks and strangled him to death in his apartment.

According to arrest documents, the suspects rolled Parks' body up in a rug and placed it in a U-Haul truck.

Police say the suspects drove the U-Haul and Parks' stolen car to Americus, Georgia, where Terrelle Price-Brown is from.

Police soon began investigating after Derek Parks was reported missing by his mother on July 19.

Months later, on September 14, Parks' remains were found dumped in a wooded area in Americus.

Investigators say after the murder, the suspects pawned off Parks' stolen items and continued using the victim's car.

Following an investigation, both suspects were arrested near Jessie Price-Brown's home in Fairfax, Virginia.

Both suspects remain in the Leon Country Detention Facility and are set to make their first appearances Wednesday morning.


Derek Levy Parks