Local man sentenced in fatal stabbing
DENTON — A man was convicted Thursday, Oct. 25, of second-degree murder in connection with a Greensboro stabbing that occurred in March. The conviction came after a four-day trial.
Sentencing, which was scheduled for Friday, has been postponed pending a pre-sentencing investigation and, as of press time, had not been scheduled. Parker is being held without bond.
Parker, 25, faces up to 40 years of imprisonment on the conviction of just the second-degree murder charge, as well as five years on unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Parker also was convicted on four other
charges: first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unauthorized removal of property.
Judge Johnathan Newell presided over the case, while Luke Rommel, a private Salisbury lawyer, provided the defense. Rommel was unavailable for comment. The jury deliberated for four hours. Caroline County State’s Attorney Joseph Riley said the forensic and DNA work done by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division was exemplary throughout the case.
“The DNA clearly placed Kevin Parker in the vehicle where the homicide occurred. It also clearly placed the victim’s blood on his person by blood spatter on his boots,” Riley said. “The connection
of those two things was critical to saying that beyond any doubt, not just reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt that Kevin Parker was the person who killed Howard Lanman.”
Riley said he had spoken with the Lanman family after the conviction and said they were happy the system had worked for them.
“I think they were very pleased with the performance of all law enforcement in this case,” Riley said.
Riley said he believes this case reflected the continuing drug epidemic throughout the state.
“This was a murder that ended up coming out of a drug transaction,” Riley said. “I think it’s 75 percent of our property thefts probably are related to the opioid epidemic, certainly when you’re talking about home break-ins ... Now its becoming more and more the impotence for our crimes against persons, as well.”