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D.A. weighs in on police chase, homicide

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Meg Daly Heap Meg Daly Heap

In a way, it's a case like any other for the Chatham County District Attorney's office. But it's one that may take special significance for Meg Daly Heap.

Heap started her legal career as a victim advocate and says the relatives of 20-year-old homicide victim Marray Martin should be treated with sensitivity.

"It's just very sad to me that we have another youth that's been murdered," Heap said in a Friday interview at her office. "That's just a callous death, and there's no excuse for that."

Anthony Parrish Jr., 21,1 has been charged with murder in Martin's Feb. 24 death at a crowded house party on Florida Avenue. Investigators were looking for Parrish – and his alleged accomplice in the murder, 20-year-old Nathaniel Johnson – when the duo allegedly carjacked a woman on West 33rd Street Wednesday. They followed them to the intersection of 42nd and Burroughs streets, where police say Parrish stole a patrol car, led officers on a high-speed chase through Savannah and down Interstate 16, then crashed near the Chatham Parkway exit and shot Officer Rebecca Gregory in the hip as she pursued him.

Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett said officers fired back, hitting Parrish several times. He suffered only soft flesh wounds and was treated at Memorial University Medical Center and released, as was Gregory.

Parrish and Johnson have been charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravate assault and armed robbery. Parrish also has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and murder. Johnson has been charged with being party to the crime of murder. Both are being held without bond at the Chatham County Detention Center.

Heap said the D.A.'s office was working with detectives on the murder case before the I-16 wreck put it in the public eye.

"I guess what it rings to me quite honestly is these officers, you know, we tend to forget," she said. "We just expect them… they put their lives on the line, every time they get in the car."

Parrish and Johnson are due back in Recorder's Court March 19.

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