2013-01-10 / News

Men indicted for murder of Jamestown musician

MICHAEL PARRISH MICHAEL PARRISH A statewide grand jury decided Jan. 7 to indict two men allegedly involved in an incident that killed Jamestown native Michael Parrish.

Justin Schoonmaker, 23, of West Warwick, has been charged with murder, and Christopher Schreffl er, 21, of Providence, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and second-degree murder.

On Feb. 25, 2012, Schreffler allegedly assaulted Michael Nigro, Parrish’s nephew, with a flashlight during a dispute over Schreffler operating his dirt bike outside Parrish’s house earlier in the day. Schreffler then rode away and returned with Schoonmaker in his SUV. The young men then got out of the vehicle looking for a fight, and after some commotion, Schoonmaker got back in his SUV, shifted it into reverse, and allegedly used his motor vehicle to back over Parrish. He then ran over Parrish a second time going forward. Parrish died of massive blunt force trauma shortly after at Kent Hospital.

The West Warwick Police conducted the investigation. Both Schoonmaker and Schreffler are scheduled to be arraigned in Kent County Superior Court on Feb. 1.

Parrish was a staple in the music scene in Jamestown for years, routinely performing at the Narragansett Café with his band Nasty Habits. His last performance in Jamestown was Jan. 28, 2012, less than a month before his death.

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