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Man charged in 2012 shooting withdraws motion for new judge

May 21st, 2013 10:03 pm by Becky Campbell

Man charged in 2012 shooting withdraws motion for new judge

Eric L. Parker

A Johnson City man charged with shooting and beating up a woman and leaving her lying in a parking lot last year has a new attorney and agreed to withdraw a motion asking the judge to withdraw.

Eric L. Parker, 48, is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the Feb. 14, 2012, incident that left a woman severely beaten.

He appeared before Washington County Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp on Tuesday with a newly appointed attorney, Donna Bolton, who withdrew a motion Parker filed himself asking Cupp to step out of the case.

“He filed a motion pro se. I had an opportunity to speak to him and would like to strike that motion,” Bolton told the judge.

She was just recently appointed to the 15-month-old case after Parker asked Cupp to remove the public defender from representing him. That happened in a hearing last month when Parker told Cupp he and his then-attorney were not communicating well.

Cupp also set a motion hearing for June 27 and said he’ll set a trial date at that time.

Parker was arrested last year after a police officer found a woman shot, beaten and lying in the Lions Club parking lot. Investigators determined Parker was a suspect and later took him into custody.

The woman had several gunshot wounds and investigators said she had a belt and a phone charger cord around her neck. 

Parker was arrested later the same day after investigators determined he and the victim were seen leaving a bar at the same time. Police also said they found a loaded handgun in Parker’s vehicle with bullets that matched shell casings found at the scene. The victim’s cell phone was also located in the car, police said.

Johnson City police also initially thought he woman had been raped, but DNA tests of evidence collected at the scene were inconclusive. Last month, three aggravated rape charges lodged against Parker were dismissed.

Parker remains jailed on $50,000 bond.

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