First-degree murder trial could start in October

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

The trial for the co-defendant in the 2011 murder case of Thomas Forte Jr. could begin as early as October.

Shauna M. Parker, 30, of 1642 Gate 2 Road, Creedmoor, was arrested in July 2011 on a charge of first-degree murder following the death of Forte in July 2011.

In Granville County Superior Court Friday, a tentative trial date was set for Oct. 27.

Boyd Sturgis is representing Parker. Assistant district attorneys Allison Capps and Tasha Gardner are prosecuting the case.

Parker was also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Co-defendant Jacobi Walker, a 27-year-old from Creedmoor, faced the same charges. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty in March of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Walker’s attorney, David Waters, gave notice in open court to appeal the conviction.

The homicide of Forte, 27, took place on July 17, 2011, and the investigation into his death began two days later, according to Granville County Detective Brian Minchew.

An autopsy report showed Forte died from blunt force trauma to the skull and face.

Minchew said Walker and Parker stole the victim’s vehicle, which deputies tracked down shortly after the vehicle was discovered missing.

The murder weapon, a baseball bat, was found in the trunk of the vehicle, and Walker was in possession of the victim’s bank cards, Minchew said.

 

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