Couple on the run for six months for furniture plant shooting finally caught

HICKORY, N.C. - Tangela and Eric Parker, the couple accused of shooting and killing their co-worker at TCS Designs in January, have been apprehended after six months of running.

Tangela Parker reportedly shot fellow employee Phelifia Marlow on the job after a workplace dispute. Parker then allegedly fled the plant with the help of her husband Eric, who is also an employee. The incident happened at TCS Designs, a North Carolina-based furniture maker.

Marlow was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

The couple was found July 13 hiding at a house in Phoenix, Arizona. Both had changed their names and were living under fake identities: Jason and Elizabeth Reardon.

The Parkers appeared in court August 9. The judge ruled that Tangela will remain in jail with no bond. Eric received a $600,000 bond.

The couple's next hearing is September 7.

The victim's husband, Justin Marlow, told Channel 9 that Parker and his wife had gotten into a dispute over some tables the week before the shooting. Marlow said Parker had been sent home for three days following the dispute. The shooting took place when both returned.

TCS Designs manufacturers bench-made upholstered and leather furniture for both residential and contract markets.


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