Johnson City apartment murder trial set for April

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 7:02 PM

A man whose first-degree murder trial was delayed after a state witness became suddenly ill will stand trial in April, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Dallas Sarden, 25, was scheduled for trial beginning last week, but a witness who had a sudden medical emergency could not attend, and the case was postponed. The murder charge stems from the Aug. 18, 2015, death of Karen Parker, 59, inside her Nathaniel Drive apartment.

Sarden is the second man to be tried in the killing. His co-defendant, Aaron Garland, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence. The men were accused of suffocating Parker and stealing her bank card, cash and a Walmart gift card. They used the cards and cash on money and cigarettes, according to testimony in Garland’s trial.

Sarden’s trial is scheduled to begin April 9.

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