yoga therapist was charged with murder Wednesday, accused of shooting
her domestic partner aboard a boat moored in a Clear Lake Shores marina.
Parker, 38, told investigators she shot Luther Figgs, 45, three times
after he refused to let her leave the Bad Fish, a 32-foot sailboat the
two had lived aboard, police allege.
Police doubted Parker’s explanation and took her into custody shortly after the shooting, according to arrest documents.
On Thursday afternoon, Parker’s defense attorney said she was acting in self-defense
The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. at Watergate Marina, 1500 Marina Bay Drive, according to police.
were dispatched to the Bad Fish after being contacted by one of
Parker’s relatives, Clear Lake Shores Police Chief Tracy Keele said.
Figgs died at the scene, police said.
body was found on a couch aboard the boat, according to a probable
cause affidavit. He was seated with his legs crossed and had no weapons
near him, according to the affidavit.
was on the boat when police arrived, police said. She told officers she
shot Figgs as he was “attempting to physically attack her,” according
to the affidavit.
Parker told police Figgs refused to let her leave even when she held him at gunpoint, according to the affidavit.
Parker said Figgs didn’t assault her and was never armed with a weapon, according to the affidavit.
She told police she fired the gun three times, racking the slide between the shots, according to the affidavit.
affidavit said Parker’s statement was contradictory in some parts and
“inconsistent with the physical evidence.” She was charged with murder
hours after the shooting.
Jonathan Zendeh Del, Parker’s defense attorney, said he planned to argue Figgs’ death happened in an act of self-defense.
evidence will show that Ms. Parker was in an abusive relationship and
acted in self defense,” Zendeh Del said. “It is too early to further
comment, but we will provide more information as the case develops.”
records give Figgs’ home address as Seabrook. A Facebook profile
identifies a Figgs as living in Kemah, and being in a domestic
relationship with Parker.
linked Facebook page identifies Parker as the owner and CEO of a yoga
and fitness business and as a wellness coach. The same page mentions Bad
Fish and alludes to the couples’ life together aboard the boat.
initially identified Parker as being from Clear Lake Shores, but her
social media pages say she lives in Kemah and is originally from
Parker and Figgs lived on the boat together at the marina for about a year, police said.
It’s not clear who owns the boat, Keele said.
not unusual for people to live full-time or part-time aboard boats
moored at the marina, Keele said. There had never been any disturbances
at the boat before and Parker doesn’t appear to have any kind of
criminal history in Galveston County, Keele said.
“We’ve had no calls there with these particular people,” Keele said
Police found a semi-automatic pistol at the crime scene, Keele said.
Police haven’t located any witnesses to the shooting or found any security camera video from the boat, Keele said.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the investigation, according to police.
Parker was in custody Thursday morning at the Galveston County Jail. Her bond was set at $250,000, according to jail records.