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Anthony Parrinello Accused of Killing a Man Who Wouldn't Fight Him at Walmart

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A man who declined to show up to an agreed-upon fight at a Walmart store near Anthem was run over and killed by the man he was supposed to fight after he didn't show up, police say.

Anthony "Tony" Parrinello, 31, is accused of running over 42-year-old Carmelo D'Alessandro on Monday, after the men decided to settle an argument they were having at a local elementary school by brawling at the Walmart.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the men were in an argument at the Canyon Springs School in North Phoenix, near Anthem.

Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times it appears both men had children at the school, and according to the school's calendar, yesterday was also the first day of school.

As the men argued at the school, police say they eventually agreed to meet at the Walmart and settle their dispute with a physical fight.

Parrinello headed to the store, but D'Alessandro decided just to walk home instead.

Parrinello waited at the Walmart for a bit, before going on a drive and looking for D'Alessandro. When he found D'Alessandro still walking toward his house, Parrinello ran him over, according to the documents.

Parrinello just kept driving, as people eventually found D'Alessandro on the street. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Several witnesses told police the men had been in an argument at the school, and Parrinello was found with his car at a nearby park.

Parrinello had cleaned "biological evidence" off the hood of his car, but after a search warrant was obtained, police found blood and other "biological evidence" underneath the vehicle, according to court documents.

Parrinello admitted being in an argument with D'Alessandro, but denied running him over, police say.

Parrinello faces one count of second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond.


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