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Eric Carroll Parker
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Second Suspect In Fatal Workplace Shooting In 2021 Enters Guilty Plea

The second suspect in a Catawba County murder case from 2021 has entered a guilty plea and received prison time. 64-year-old Eric Carroll Parker of Taylorsville was sentenced in connection to a fatal shooting at a Hickory furniture plant in January, 2021.

Parker pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder in connection to the death of 51-year-old Phelifa Michelle Marlow. Parker received a prison sentence of 48 to 70 months (four years to five years, ten months). The guilty plea was entered in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (January 3). Parker has already served approximately two-and-a-half years in jail and he will receive credit for time served while awaiting trial.

Phelifa Michelle Marlow
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Eric Parker’s wife, 52-year-old Tangela Parker, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on September 28. She was sentenced to 241 to 300 months in prison, the equivalent of approximately 20 to 25 years.

Tangela Louise Parker
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The two suspects and the victim all worked at TCS Designs in Hickory and the incident occurred at the workplace. Tangela Parker shot and killed Marlow on January 13, 2021. Tangela Parker and Marlow had previously had multiple disputes according to court testimony. Parker had been suspended at one time as the result of one of these interactions.

Following the shooting, Eric Parker took the gun from his wife and the couple left the scene. The Parkers were arrested exactly six months after the incident. They were taken into custody by Federal Agents in Arizona. Michelle Marlow’s husband Justin Marlow has pending lawsuits against Tangela Parker, Eric Parker and TCS Designs.

[WACB’s Rick Gilbert contributed to this story]