Egregious Domestic Incident

Police were called to a hospital Thursday night for what has been described as an “egregious domestic incident.”  There they found Talefia Parker, 26.

Reportedly her husband has been suspicious of her in the last month. The couple were married in January of 2005. Allegedly in June, Clyde E. “Cat Daddy” Bradley, 52, got angry at her in June and accused her of cheating on him.

Reportedly within the last month, Bradley has beaten her with his hands, stabbed her in the face with a ballpoint pen, singed her skin with a hot iron, heated knives and placed their hot blades against her skin, burning it. He is accused also of pouring boiling water on her lower body causing a severe burn this week. Allegedly he also heated a glass and placed it between her legs, causing burns to the inside of her thighs. 

Bradley, who has been described as loud and confrontational, has been married before. The marriage lasted for 6 years, but ended in 1998. But he was  charged with aggravated battery in 1993 in a similar incident with with the first wife. Allegedly he punched the first wife, hit her in the head with a telephone, burned her on the arm with a cigarette, and refused to let her leave the house for 4 days. Though he was arrested for aggravated battery, court records do not show that he was ever formally booked on the charge.

In this incident Bradley has been charged with heinous battery and two counts of aggravated domestic battery. He appeared in court for the first time via a video conference Friday. The Assistant’s State’s Attorney requested a high bond for Bradley. The attorney stated that the high bond was needed to protect Bradley’s wife, who remains hospitalized. And he also said that it was because Bradley, who works as a security guard, knows several police officers who could afford to help him out with bond. The charges indicate that prosecutor’s believe that Bradley acted in an “exceptionally brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty,” which could lead to a more severe punishment. The judge set the bond at $1 million dollars, a bond that is normally only used for persons accused of murder.

Bradley does have a criminal history. In 1983, he was sentenced to prison on drug charges, and in 1990 a case for drug induced homicide against him was dropped when a witness died.

A local police chief says he used to work out at a gym with Bradley, and described his shock at the crimes he is accused of.

“I am shocked if in fact he is involved,” the chief said Friday. “It tells me that he completely flipped out or something. “I never knew him to be violent. I thought they had a good relationship.”

Outside the home, an abuser might be seen as a caring, loving partner. Outside the home they may be very solicitous of their partner. But once they return home, things may change, even their personality may seem to change. The jovial, nice, charming person outside the home or in front of certain other people, may act angry, jealous and controlling in the privacy of the home. Another sign that it isn’t a “loss of control”.

Jealousy is also a common theme in abusive relationships.

If you have ever had a burn, and most people have had some type of burn at one time, you know how painful they can be. Besides the pain, there is also the chance  of infection and they frequently leave scars. But along with the physical injuries she recieved, think of the month of torture that Parker went through. Often the psychological injuries last longer and are harder to reccuperate from than the physical injuries.


The parents

Marvin Harrell’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Thompson, says that she broke up with him on Thursday. And she says that about 4:30 am on Friday, Harrell, 45, broke into the home she shared with her parents. According to Sylvia Thompson, he had another man with him at the time, but authorities have not been able to confirm that.

Allegedly, Harrell shot the ex-girlfriend’s parents, Sophia Clarke, 67, and Roosevelt Clarke, 63, who were sleeping at the time. Allegedly Harrell then forced the ex-girlfriend to leave with him.

Police say that Harrell owned some property 50 miles away in Miss. and that is where he took the ex-girlfriend and allegedly held her hostage for 12 hours. Eventually, he released her along the side of a road. Thompson then contacted police and told them where to find her parents.

Police say they went to Harrell’s home in La., but did not search it. They then contacted Miss. authorities and asked them to check his property. A search team with bloodhounds was sent to the property.

Police say the search team that went to the property  heard a shot in the darkness. Harrell was found in a field with a gunshot to the head.

Thompson was not physically harmed. And the ex-girlfriend says that Harrell was a former Green Beret. The case is still under investigation.

Many times abusers will use a victim’s love for something to control or to punish. It might be loved ones, children, pets or even property. By threatening harm to the loved person or object it can be a means of control. If they displease the abuser, whatever the victim loves might be destroyed.


Information from the restraining order filed against Harrell  in January alleges that he “threatened everybody in my family … that when he come home he would take out anybody close to me or had anything to do with me or he would send someone to do it for him.”

It also alleges that allegedly beat Thompson with a jar of salsa, punched her, kicked her, slapped her and stalked her.

Neighbors state they had viewed Harrell as a gentle gregarious man. But they were not aware of the previous criminal charges, or of the restraining orders. Picture of Cedric Scott at link. He told media that Harrell and he were as close as brothers.


A second man has been arrested in the murders. Police have arrested 29 year old Cedric Wendell Scott. Police have stated that statements Scott had told media and the police are what led them to look at him for the crime. Scott had told media that Harrell and Thompson had been to his home together about an hour before the shootings, that they came to talk about buying a lawnmower. And he stated that there did not appear to be any problems at that time. Scott was arrested for shooting 67-year-old, Sophia Clarke. Police believe that Harrell shot 63-year-old Roosevelt Clarke. Police believe that after the murders, Scott drove Harrell’s car to his home, then went to his own home. He is not suspected of going to Mississippi.

Scott only has a minor criminal history, marijuanna and traffice charges. He is currently being charged with 1st degree murder and 2 nd degree kidnapping charges.

Reportedly Harrell had shot a previous ex-girlfriend and a man in 1997. He was initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was reduced to aggravated battery and he was sentenced to 30 months hard labor on each charge.

Records show that another woman had sought a temporary restraining order against Harrell in in 2004. Thompson had requested a restraining order in January and that in the order she stated that Harrell “threatened everybody in my family.”