Updated: Jan. 11, 2020 at 2:19 p.m. CST
Posted: Jan. 10, 2020 at 9:17 p.m. CST
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
HOLIDAY HARBOR – Thresa Mayfield, the common law wife of Charles Hickman who died of multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 23, told the Jimplecute the arrest of Jennie Lynn Paredes, 20, surprised her.
Also the arrest warrant for Garry Wayne Craver, 22, did not match the name Hickman gave her as the person at the door of their home on Martinique Street at about 1:30 a.m.
“We know Jennie. My girls went to school with her. I’m very surprised about her.” Mayfield said.
Although Hickman had given her another name, which Mayfield refuses to divulge, she said Craver and this other man were often seen together.
“I was not surprised about Garry,” Mayfield said.
Mayfield said Craver had lived in the Pine Harbor neighborhood up to about two years ago.
Mayfield believes Paredes was a niece of Melissa Rodriguez who died of an alleged drug overdose shortly before the Hickman shooting. However, Terry Paredes, Rodriguez’s mother tells the Jimplecute a drug overdose was not the cause of her daughter’s death.
Craver was reputed to be a cousin of Paredes.
Mayfield said she “really didn’t know” what the motive for the crime might have been.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Paredes surrendered at the Marion County Jail on Dec. 30.
“I’m glad someone has been arrested,” Mayfield said. “Somebody is doing their job somewhere. It really surprised me that her (Paredes) name was involved with any of this.”
Mayfield also questioned Paredes’ role in the events of that night.
“I know for a fact that it wasn’t a girl that shot him. It was a man,” Mayfield said.
Parades was arraigned on a charge of murder. Justice of the Peace Lena Pope set bond at $1 million.
Mayfield still has not resumed living in her home.
“I am staying with family,” Mayfield said.