Trial date set in murder of 89-year-old

Will Anthony Parker go to trial? That’s the question facing attorneys on both sides.

Parker is the second man charged in the brutal beating death of 89-year-old Lawrence Hutson.

The Coden victim’s female friend, also a senior citizen, was attacked at the same time, but survived.

Meanwhile, a trial date has been set.

Parker’s alleged partner in this crime has been convicted and is in prison.

STATUS HEARING

Parker was in court Thursday morning, March 20 for a status hearing.

He’s charged with murder in the beating death of Lawrence Hutson and the attempted murder of Hutson’s friend, Elizabeth Duggin, in a home in Coden in 2010.

Last year, a co-defendant, Scott Jones, was found guilty of Hutson’s beating death and the attack on Duggin.

Jones is serving two consecutive life sentences.

Parker testified against Jones during his trial last October.

NEGOTIATIONS

At Thursday’s hearing, Parker’s attorney told Judge Rick Stout she’s trying to work out a plea agreement for her client with the District Attorney.

Attorney Deborah McGowin said, “Negotiations are going on. They’re still actively going on, We’ve just not reached an agreement at this point, therefore, we needed to go ahead and get a trial date.”

Judge Stout then set a date.

Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips said, “The judge set a trial date of June 9th for final disposition of this case.”

 ATTENDING THE HEARING

Among those on hand Thursday morning for the hearing was Lawrence Hutson’s daughter, Elicia Brown.

Brown said, “We’re coping, we’re coping. It’s a day by day thing, so, we’ll just never get used to just not having dad anymore.”

Also on hand was Patricia Dawson, the mother of Scott Jones.

Dawson said, “I will be here. I will follow this all the way through.”

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