Hamilton Police Service has charged Jermaine Dunkley, 32, with first degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Michael Parmer. Parmer was killed 12 years ago in the parking lot near the former CD Sports Bar at 180 Ottawa Street, Hamilton.
In August 2017, Hamilton Police Service issued a plea for fresh information in the case. Today, with the assistance of the community, the Kingston Police Service and the Toronto Police Service, the Hamilton Police Service has charged Dunkley.
On September 8, 2005, Parmer travelled with four friends from Niagara Falls, New York to Hamilton to attend CD Sports Bar. The group remained at the bar until closing time. Once they left the venue, they continued to socialize with people outside. It is estimated there were between 25-40 people in the parking lot at the time.
Shortly after 3:00 a.m., Parmer’s friends got into their car to leave. As the vehicle began to drive away, Parmer’s friends realized he was not in the car. The group then heard a gunshot and saw Parmer lying down in the parking lot, with several people rushing to his aid. Hamilton Police Service and Emergency Services responded to the scene. The victim was transported to Hamilton General Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.
The initial investigation identified the following suspects:
Hamilton Police Service’s Homicide Unit conducted an exhaustive investigation in the years following but the case eventually went cold until recently. Dunkley appeared before court earlier this morning at the John Sopinka Courthouse for a first appearance and has been remanded to custody until further notice.
Hamilton Police Service would like to thank the community for finding the courage to assist in bringing new information forward that has led to an arrest.
Anyone with more information in this case is encouraged to contact Detective Jon Murphy at 905-546-2288 or provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submitting anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com