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Closing arguments expected Wednesday in first-degree murder trial of Randy Parker

Randy Parker (Source: EBRSO) Randy Parker (Source: EBRSO)

Closing arguments are expected Wednesday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial for 27-year-old Randy Parker. He is accused of beating a 1-year-old child to death.

Although there are several co-defendants in this case, Parker is the only one charged with first-degree murder.

The child, Demarches Stokes, was found dead in October 2011 at his home on Erie Street. Investigators say the child was covered in bruises and the child's mother, Kim Stokes, waited for three hours to call for help after first noticing that the child was having difficulties breathing.

According to the probable cause report, Parker told police he "whipped" the child with a belt, which caused him to hit his head in the bathroom. He then took the child to Stokes, his girlfriend.

A judge will decide Parker's fate as he waived his right to a jury trial.

The case is assigned to District Judge Trudy White.

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