CLEAR LAKE SHORES
A yoga therapist was charged with murder Wednesday, accused of shooting her domestic partner aboard a boat moored in a Clear Lake Shores marina.
Donna Parker, 38, told investigators she shot Luther Figgs, 45, three times after he refused to let her leave the Bad Fish, a 32-foot sailboat the two had lived aboard, police allege.
Police doubted Parker’s explanation and took her into custody shortly after the shooting, according to arrest documents.
On Thursday afternoon, Parker’s defense attorney said she was acting in self-defense
The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. at Watergate Marina, 1500 Marina Bay Drive, according to police.
Police were dispatched to the Bad Fish after being contacted by one of Parker’s relatives, Clear Lake Shores Police Chief Tracy Keele said.
Figgs died at the scene, police said.
His body was found on a couch aboard the boat, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was seated with his legs crossed and had no weapons near him, according to the affidavit.
Parker was on the boat when police arrived, police said. She told officers she shot Figgs as he was “attempting to physically attack her,” according to the affidavit.
Parker told police Figgs refused to let her leave even when she held him at gunpoint, according to the affidavit.
Parker said Figgs didn’t assault her and was never armed with a weapon, according to the affidavit.
She told police she fired the gun three times, racking the slide between the shots, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Parker’s statement was contradictory in some parts and “inconsistent with the physical evidence.” She was charged with murder hours after the shooting.
Jonathan Zendeh Del, Parker’s defense attorney, said he planned to argue Figgs’ death happened in an act of self-defense.
“The evidence will show that Ms. Parker was in an abusive relationship and acted in self defense,” Zendeh Del said. “It is too early to further comment, but we will provide more information as the case develops.”
Public records give Figgs’ home address as Seabrook. A Facebook profile identifies a Figgs as living in Kemah, and being in a domestic relationship with Parker.
A linked Facebook page identifies Parker as the owner and CEO of a yoga and fitness business and as a wellness coach. The same page mentions Bad Fish and alludes to the couples’ life together aboard the boat.
Police initially identified Parker as being from Clear Lake Shores, but her social media pages say she lives in Kemah and is originally from Sherman.
Parker and Figgs lived on the boat together at the marina for about a year, police said.
It’s not clear who owns the boat, Keele said.
It’s not unusual for people to live full-time or part-time aboard boats moored at the marina, Keele said. There had never been any disturbances at the boat before and Parker doesn’t appear to have any kind of criminal history in Galveston County, Keele said.
“We’ve had no calls there with these particular people,” Keele said
Police found a semi-automatic pistol at the crime scene, Keele said.
Police haven’t located any witnesses to the shooting or found any security camera video from the boat, Keele said.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office was assisting with the investigation, according to police.
Parker was in custody Thursday morning at the Galveston County Jail. Her bond was set at $250,000, according to jail records.