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Tragic Workplace Slaying Leads to Prison Sentences for North Carolina Couple

A 64-year-old man in North Carolina has been sentenced to prison for assisting his wife in evading authorities after she cold-heartedly executed a co-worker over a workplace argument. This article discusses the details of the case, including the sentencing of both individuals and the brutal manner in which the victim was killed.


In a tragic incident that occurred three years ago at a furniture plant in Hickory, North Carolina, Tangela L. Parker took the life of her co-worker, Phelifa Michelle Marlow, in a premeditated act of violence. The dispute between the two employees over a workplace matter escalated to a point where Parker shot Marlow in the chest and later in the back of the head as she tried to flee.


Parker's husband, Eric Carroll Parker, was sentenced to serve 48 to 70 months in prison for assisting his wife in evading law enforcement for several months after the heinous crime. His wife, Tangela Parker, had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison.


Following the shooting, the Parkers went on the run, using false identities and a stolen license plate. Their six-month-long evasion ended when they were apprehended in Arizona. The murder weapon was discovered in their possession at the time of their arrest.


During the sentencing proceedings, the prosecutor described the cold-blooded nature of the crime, highlighting the brutal injuries sustained by the victim. Michelle Marlow lay in a pool of blood, barely alive, after being shot in the chest and the back of the head.


As Eric Parker expressed his enduring love for his wife and hopes of their eventual reunion, justice was served with the sentencing of both individuals involved in this tragic workplace slaying.


The case serves as a solemn reminder of the devastating consequences that can arise from seemingly trivial disputes and the importance of resolving conflicts in a peaceful and civilized manner within the workplace.



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