Man charged in kidnapping, killing of young mother has case moved to Pitt Co.

Photo courtesy Wilson Police

WILSON, Wilson County - A trial of a man accused of the murder and kidnapping of a 20-year-old mother is being moved from Wilson County to Pitt County at the request of his attorney, according to The Wilson Times.

Gregory Parks is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Isabel Palacios, despite no body ever being located in the case. He faces two additional lesser charges, one of which is tied to his alleged pawning of a ring belonging to Palacios the day after her disappearance in 2015.

Parks' attorney, Tom Sallenger, made the request for a change of venue for Parks' trial, which is slated to begin Oct. 23. Sallenger said in a court motion that it would be impossible for Parks to get a fair trial in Wilson County given the extensive media coverage of the case.

Parks remains behind bars in Edgecombe County while he awaits trial on a $1 million secured bond.

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