Attorney seeks 2 trials for man accused of 2 murders

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A Saline County District Court judge is expected to rule next week whether a Salina man will receive separate trials for two homicides he is charged with committing during the same week in 2009.

An attorney for 33-year-old Willie J. Parker argued last week that Parker should have the two trials because the two deaths have little in common. Judge Rene Young is expected to rule on the motion March 23.

Parker was found guilty in one trial in 2010 of premeditated first-degree murder for the death of 24-year-old Alfred Mack Jr., and intentional second-degree murder for the death of 22-year-old Justin Letourneau.

The Salina Journal reports the Kansas Supreme Court reversed Parker’s convictions in December, citing errors in his previous trial.

Parker is scheduled for retrial April 27.

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