THONOTOSASSA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A man is behind bars and facing a murder charge after deputies said he killed the woman who was living with him.
Samuel Parsons, 54, was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Sunday after deputies responded to his home following a 911 call made by one of his neighbors.
Deputies aren't releasing the victim's identity, citing Marsy's law, but friends of the victim identified her as Barbara Sharp. They told FOX 13 Parsons was Sharp's son.
"She was a dear saint," Sharp's pastor Jerry Waldrop said. "Very quiet. Very humble. You need more people like her in your church."
Crime scene tape surrounded the home Sunday as forensic investigators searched inside and collected evidence for more than 12 hours. The neighbor across the street called 911 around 8 a.m. Sunday morning after Parsons showed up on her doorstep.
“She was approached by the individual that lived at this residence, who asked her to call the police," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Major Frank Losat said. "We immediately dispatched multiple deputies to this scene. They made contact with an individual who was here at the residence.”
Deputies detained Parsons after arriving at the home on Ellison Road near Tom Folsom Road in Thonotosassa and found the victim's body inside with upper body trauma.
Friends say Sharp recently moved back in with her son a few weeks ago to help him financially.
“He seemed to be a good guy," neighbor Stephen Leggett said. "When I would go the store, he would wave, I would wave. Hopefully, he didn’t do anything bad.”
Deputies said they’ve been called to the home before for domestic issues. Friends and neighbors said Parsons and his mother didn't always get along.
“They would fuss and fight over stuff," Leggett said. "He used to say his mom would do stuff he didn’t like.”
Sharp was an active member of the West Thonotosassa Baptist Church. Her pastor Jerry Waldrop changed his sermon Sunday in the wake of her murder to focus on grief as his congregation begins to mourn.
"We are a bit in shock and mourning," Waldrop said. "But we rejoice because we know where that dear saint is."
Parsons is a registered sex offender and previously served 14 years in prison for sexual battery.
He is being charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. As of Sunday night, he remains in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.