Sun coverage: Philip E. Parker Jr.'s death

March 24, 2009

Killer dies in cell at Supermax

A convicted killer with a history of mental illness was found dead in his cell Monday in what authorities say was an apparent suicide, an outcome the inmate's lawyers called tragically predictable.

September 7, 2005

Lawyers see trial's location as a life-or-death issue

The night Philip E. Parker Jr. was killed, the crime scene was on the move.

August 29, 2005

Slain inmate recalled as sweet, troubled

The brief life of Philip Eugene Parker Jr. was celebrated yesterday with laughs, tears and draft beer at the waterfront bar where his mother occasionally seeks solace - an elusive feeling ever since her son was killed in the pitch dark of a prison bus.

May 17, 2005

Inmate heavily bound at hearing

Kevin G. Johns Jr., the prisoner charged with strangling a fellow inmate on a prison bus in February, was brought to court yesterday with his ankles shackled, his wrists handcuffed to a waist chain and his hands encased in black mitts, as defense attorneys and prosecutors negotiated a schedule for future hearings and worked out an agreement to keep some evidence in the case away from the twice-convicted killer.

March 8, 2005

Death sentence to be sought for killing aboard prison bus

The Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty in the case of a twice-convicted killer charged with strangling a fellow inmate on a prison bus as it traveled from Hagerstown to Baltimore last month.

March 8, 2005

Deadly streak in Md. prisons comes amid staff reductions

The strangling death of Philip E. Parker Jr. last month as he sat shackled on a prison bus was shocking, but hardly unusual in the violent atmosphere that pervades Maryland's correctional system.

February 25, 2005

Guard on bus says suspect moved to sit next to victim

A correctional officer who was fired over the strangling death of an inmate on a prison bus said yesterday he saw a suspect in the killing move from his seat and sit next to the victim at one point during the trip.

February 24, 2005

3 guards fired over death of inmate on bus

State prison officials fired three correctional officers yesterday and disciplined two others in response to the strangling death of a 20-year-old inmate on a prison bus in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 2.

February 23, 2005

Seating killer in bus with other inmates violated Md. policy

An inmate who was twice convicted of murder and threatened in court to kill again should not have been seated at the rear of a prison bus where Philip E. Parker Jr. was strangled this month, according to Maryland policy governing the transport of prisoners.

February 13, 2005

Parallel lives, tragic ending

In the deep darkness of the early morning, on a prison bus that became a rolling crime scene, Philip E. Parker Jr., 20, and Kevin G. Johns Jr., 22, were together one more time, the last time.

February 11, 2005

Broken lights in prison bus hid strangling, officer says

Correctional officers riding a nighttime transport in the back of a pitch-black prison bus last week noticed a commotion among the inmates, but broken interior lights kept them from seeing a 20-year-old prisoner being strangled a few feet away, according to union officials.

February 9, 2005

Suspect in bus slaying knew victim as a teen

The twice-convicted killer who is a suspect in the strangling death of another inmate on a prison bus had known the victim since both were in their teens, according to court records and interviews.

February 6, 2005

Inmate deaths spark new bill

Prison officials say the internal investigators looking into the death of an inmate on a prison bus last week are conducting an independent inquiry, but critics say that using an outside agency would eliminate any hint of bias.

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