Murder suspect had filed protection order against stabbing victim

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 3:50 PM CDT
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A woman is behind bars after police say she stabbed her roommate to death. According to neighbors, the woman behind bars was only trying to defend herself. Fifty-eight-year-old Darlene Endsley who's now in custody filed a protection order against 60-year-old Angela Parks who died Monday night from her stab wounds.

Neighbors say Parks was always starting trouble with her roommates.

"She was a good, good, good person - Darlene was,” said one neighbor.

Police say Darlene Endsley stabbed her roommate Angela Parks Monday night in what started out as an argument at the a boarding house on Pinkney Street where they were both living.

"There's several people that stay there, so you're going to get arguments, you know, close confines," said OPD Lt. Mark Matuza.

Several neighbors in the area report seeing police regularly at the place. One neighbor who did agree to go on camera, as long as she stayed anonymous said there wasn’t a whole lot of “good” going on there.

"They had a lot of violence going on as far as when they get to drinking and carrying on, and that's when the drama starts,” the woman told WOWT 6 News.

She says the victim, Angela Parks, has a history of beating her roommates with things like frying pans and hammers. According to a protection order filed by the suspect, back in April -- those kinds of things did happen she says the woman in jail is a victim herself.

"Abused by her constantly, all the time,” she said. “Darlene was a good person. She was defending herself, and that's all I can say."

The two women were actually due to appear in court for a hearing regarding this protection order in just a couple days.