DeLand man charged with murder of grandfather, admitted to cutting off his ears

Lisa Maria Garza, Orlando Sentinel
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A 30-year-old DeLand man is charged with the murder of his 77-year-old grandfather, who was found stabbed to death by Lake County deputies Saturday evening at his home.

Kolby Parker initially told deputies that he was attacked by his grandfather Ronal Wells, Sr. inside the home they shared in the 44000 block of Lake Mack Drive, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. John Herrell.

Parker said the two fought after smoking marijuana together. Wells attacked him with a knife, Parker told investigators, so he disarmed his grandfather and used the knife against him.

Wells’ body was found on the front porch with multiple stab wounds, Herrell said.

While Parker was being interviewed by deputies, he removed two human ears from his pants pockets, which were later discovered to belong to Wells, according to Herrell.

Parker then lunged at a deputy in an attempt to grab the deputy’s Taser and firearm, the arrest report said. Three deputies were punched, kicked or head-butted by Parker during his arrest, according to the affidavit.

The agency said Parker eventually confessed that he hit Wells multiple times in the head with a baseball bat and then stabbed him numerous times with a butcher knife.

He also admitted to cutting off Wells’ ears and told deputies he wanted his grandfather to be with his deceased grandmother and “it was his time to go,” the arrest report said.

During a search of the home, investigators found an apron in Parker’s bedroom with the phrase “The Family Butcher” printed on it. Plastic, human bloody ears were attached to the apron, the report said.

Parker is charged with second-degree murder, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting with violence. He is currently being held in Lake County jail without bond.

lgarza@orlandosentinel.com