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Man accused of killing victim found at overlook

Posted at 1:08 PM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-27 13:05:52-05

Two men are accused of taking part in the murder of a man whose body was found at a scenic overlook in Cattaraugus County.

The body of Otis Lamont Parks, aka Lamont Clemons, was found at the overlook on Rt. 16 South in the Town of Allegany on August 8 by a Pennsylvania couple. It took two days to identify the 54-year-old Olean man and determine he had been fatally shot.

Two men are now charged in connection to his murder. Authorities say Gary Maull, aka “G”, shot and killed Parks on either August 7 or August 8. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Parks was a witness to another crime. Thomas Hall, aka Turtle, was allegedly present for the murder and then helped move the body. Prosecutors also say Hall lied when questioned.

Maull, 28, is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, tampering with a witness, tampering with physical evidence, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm.

Fifty-three-year-old Hall is charged with tampering with a witness, tampering with physical evidence, second degree criminal facilitation and making a punishable false written statement.

Maull has been in custody since September 12, when he was arrested in Olean on an unrelated warrant for first degree bail jumping and second degree burglary. Hall has been in custody since September 15, when he was picked up in Little Valley on charges related to Park’s murder.

Both Maull and Hall pleaded not guilty on Monday.