Rape, robbery, attempted murder charges placed after woman found shot in Johnson City park

Becky Campbell • Feb 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Johnson City police investigators located blood evidence and a handgun in the vehicle of a man accused of raping and shooting a woman found lying in a parking lot early Tuesday, according to a court document.

Eric L. Parker, 47, 140 Tucker Lane, Johnson City, was arrested in the case and charged with attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated rape and one count of especially aggravated robbery.

Investigators also found the victim’s cell phone in Parker’s car.

Police said the 27-year-old woman — whose identity has not been released — had a belt around her neck and was wearing only a T-shirt and calf-high tennis shoes. The woman had been shot multiple times in her lower extremities and appeared to have a dislocated hip, according to a news release.

Police also found six Marakov brand ammunition shell casings and several empty 16-ounce Natural Ice beer cans at the scene.

The same type ammunition was found in the gun — a 9mm FEG Hungary — located in Parker’s car, along with 16-ounce cans of Natural Ice beer, according to court records.

An initial report obtained by media incorrectly listed the woman’s age and first name, and the location on her body where she was shot.

The woman remains hospitalized but according to Investigator Thomas Dillard, is improving.

Parker was arraigned on the charges in Washington County Sessions Court Wednesday afternoon. Judge Robert Lincoln appointed the public defender’s office to represent Parker and set a Feb. 23 preliminary hearing.

A JCPD officer conducting extra patrol found the victim around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of 817 Country Club Court. She was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center where she stopped breathing at one point and had to be resuscitated during emergency surgery.

Police also said the woman appeared to have been sexually assaulted because she was nearly nude and three used condoms were lying next to her.

Parker apparently quickly became a suspect in the investigation after officers identified the victim and talked to several witnesses.

The victim was seen leaving Everette’s Grill and Saloon, 1121 N. Roan St., with Parker earlier in the evening in a 1998 silver four-door Cadillac, police said.

During the investigation, officers found that vehicle parked in front of 4211 Englewood Blvd. and eventually saw Parker get into the car. Police approached him and saw what appeared to be a blood stain on his shirt, according to the complaint.

That’s when police saw the Natural Ice cans in the Cadillac, as well as a box of Marakov 9 mm bullets in the back seat.

After serving a warrant to search the car, police found the loaded 9 mm handgun with blood on it, the victim’s cell phone stuffed under the passenger seat and trace amounts of blood throughout the vehicle, according to the complaint.

During Parker’s arraignment, Lincoln read the affidavit aloud, but Parker remained expressionless. He remains jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.

Staff Writer Rex Barber contributed to this report.

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