Defense Attorney for Accused Killer Tangela Parker Requests Victim’s Medical Records and Cell Phone | Crime News
This article was updated on May 20, 2022 at 3:03 p.m., with corrected information on the motion filed for medical records.
A woman accused of shooting and killing her co-worker at a furniture factory in Hickory last year was back in court on Wednesday.
Tangela Parker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court.
Defense attorney Victoria Jayne is representing Parker. Both were in Catawba County Superior Court to hear motions, filed in March, addressed.
Jayne asked for Michelle Marlow’s medical records, as well as the opportunity to examine Marlow’s cell phone.
Parker is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Marlow. Marlow was fatally shot at TCS Designs in Hickory on January 13, 2021. Parker and her husband, Eric Parker, were also employees of TCS Designs. The Parkers were arrested in Arizona six months after the shooting, according to police reports.
The first request was for access to a phone that would belong to Marlow, which is in the custody of the Hickory Police Department. District Attorney Scott Reilly’s office did not object to the motion.
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The second motion Jayne filed originally asked the state to investigate and provide the defense with all of Marlow’s medical and psychiatric records, according to court documents.
Jayne withdrew her request for all of Marlow’s medical and psychiatric records. She limited the request to Marlow’s medical records from DeSantis Family Practice in Hickory. Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha signed an order for DeSantis Family Practice to provide Marlow’s full medical records to the defense, according to court documents.
Jayne said lamotrigine and amphetamine were found in Marlow’s system. After receiving a toxicology report from the autopsy, Jayne said she contacted Wilkie Wilson, a Durham pharmacologist associated with Duke University, who provided her with a toxicology report index.
Jayne said that according to the chart given to her, the upper therapeutic limit was 100 nanograms of amphetamine. She said the autopsy found 0.17 milligrams per liter in Marlow’s system. The defense obtained Marlow’s medication records from CVS Pharmacy through a subpoena, which listed the name of Marlow’s doctor, the medications he was prescribed, and the date the medications were prescribed, Jayne said.
Jayne said she didn’t know if any of the medical records would be relevant to the defense, but would consider herself ineffective if she didn’t explore all options.
Jayne told the court that Marlow seemed to want to get Parker fired from TCS Designs. Jayne said the level of drugs in Marlow’s system could explain some of Marlow’s behavior, but she would need to know why Marlow was taking the drug to make decisions.
“This case boiled down to the fact that this defendant (Parker) was suspended for three days by her employer when she returned to work,” Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon said. “That’s when she approached our victim (Marlow). She brought a gun to work, then approached the victim and shot him without warning.
Eight of Marlow’s family members were present at the hearing. The family wore bright orange shirts with a large photo of Marlow printed on the front and #JusticeForMichelle written on the back in teal.