Jester strangled Parlier at her home Jan. 14 and placed her body in the container to dispose of it. He then dumped the container on the side of I-75 near Lake Allatoona, where it was found by a passerby two days later, the DA’s office said.
On Feb. 25, Jester was arrested by East Point police on an outstanding burglary charge and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, the DA’s office said. Police then found items belonging to the victim in a storage truck Jester was using, according to prosecutors.
“While being questioned about her items in his possession, Jester confessed to the murder but later recanted it,” the DA’s office said.
In court, evidence provided by prosecutors included fingerprints found on the plastic container and a bag he had placed over her head. Jester was also determined to have used Parlier’s EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card after her death.
The state was also able to read a 2017 court transcript from another woman, who testified that Jester choked her during an alleged rape, prosecutors said. In the previous case, Jester was offered a false imprisonment plea, which he took, according to the DA’s office.
The jury also found Jester guilty of aggravated assault and concealing the death of another.