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Tangela Louise Parker
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Woman Charged With Workplace Murder Pleads Guilty

A Taylorsville woman accused of killing her coworker at a Hickory furniture plant and then leading authorities on six-month manhunt has entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder. She has been sentenced to 20-to-25 years.

52-year-old Tangela Louise Parker pleaded guilty this morning (September 28) to the January 2021 shooting death of 51-year old Michelle Marlow. The shooting took place at the Hickory furniture company where both were employed.

Hickory Police say Parker shot Marlow on January 13, 2021 at T.C.S. Designs. She then fled the area with her husband, Eric Parker, who also worked at the plant.

The Parkers spent months on the run before Federal Marshals arrested them at a home in Phoenix, Arizona in July 2021. Authorities said the couple had changed their appearance and were living under false names.