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Parkers Back In Catawba County, Indicted In Connection To January Murder
L-R: Tangela Louise Parker and Eric Carroll Parker
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Parkers Back In Catawba County, Indicted In Connection To January Murder

The two suspects in a fatal shooting in Hickory, who were apprehended in Arizona six months after the crime, are back in Catawba County.

On Thursday (August 5) 50-year-old Tangela Louise Parker and 61-year-old Eric Carroll Parker, both of Taylorsville, were extradited from Maricopa County, Arizona to Catawba County by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. That agency transferred custody of the Parkers to the Hickory Police Department where they were served with true bills of indictment in connection to the murder of 51-year-old Phelifa Michelle Marlow. The fatal shooting occurred January 13 at T.C.S. Designs in Hickory.

The shooting occurred at 2:30 p.m. on that date at the business on 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Authorities said it was the result of a dispute between two employees. Officers found the victim in the business suffering from gunshot wounds. Ms. Marlow was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where she passed away as a result of her injuries.

Phelifa Michelle Marlow
Photo courtesy of legacy.com

On July 13, members of the U.S. Marshals Service task force approached a residence at the intersection of West Salter Drive and North 31st Avenue in Phoenix and arrested the Parkers, who had been residing there under the alias names of Jason and Elizabeth Reardon. The Honda CRV they were known to drive was also located at the residence.

The Marshal’s Service and Hickory Police have been investigating to learn if anyone helped the couple make it out of North Carolina. Various reports said that it’s likely that the Parkers lived out of their car during their journey to Arizona. There were also reports that the couple begged for money at various locations along the way, including rest stops. They eventually accumulated enough money to rent their home in Phoenix.

Tangela Parker was served with a true bill of indictment for one count of murder and Eric Parker was served with a true bill of indictment for one count of accessory after the fact. They were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where they are being held without bond. They each have Superior Court appearances scheduled next Monday (August 9).