Man accused of killing parents in Jonesboro says he's innocent

Friday, April 4, 2008

JONESBORO, Ill. -- A man on trial in the shooting deaths of his parents in the Southern Illinois community of Jonesboro said he had nothing to do with the killings.

Twenty-four-year-old Robert Pitts Jr. is accused of shooting Marcia Pitts and Robert Pitts to death in their home in December 2006.

Authorities say the defendant's parents were both shot in the head in Jonesboro, which is about 23 miles northeast of Cape Girardeau.

Robert Pitts Jr. testified Wednesday that on the night of the slayings, he argued with his parents over their requests that he get treatment for his alcoholism. Pitts said he left and spent the night in a park.

The bodies were found the next day.

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