Accused furniture plant murder accomplice to enter plea as guilty wife heads to prison

HICKORY, N.C. – The husband and accomplice of the woman convicted of murder at a furniture plant in 2021 will enter a plea at a hearing in January 2024.

Eric Parker has been charged with felony accessory after the fact in the murder of 51-year-old Michelle Marlow. Parker’s wife, Tangela, pled guilty to second-degree murder in October and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

In January 2021, Marlow, an employee at Hickory-based furniture manufacturer TCS Designs, was shot twice and killed on-the-job by co-worker Tangela Parker following a workplace dispute. Parker and her husband Eric, also an employee (a supervisor), fled the plant following the shooting and went on the run. After six months, they were apprehended while hiding in an Arizona house. Both had changed their names and were living under false identities.

According to court records, Parker and Marlow had two verbal confrontations prior to the shooting. TCS investigated both, with the latter of the two resulting in three-day suspension for Parker. That suspension was lifted just nine days before the shooting.

The victim’s husband, Justin Marlow, sued TCS Designs earlier this year for negligence, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The case is still ongoing, with TCS losing an appeal to dismiss the suit in May.

TCS Designs makes bench-made upholstered and leather furniture for both residential and contract markets, according to its website.

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