Anthony Parker guilty in friends' death

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) - A Howard County man was convicted today in the killing of his friend after an argument in a Columbia parking lot.

After more than seven hours of deliberations, a jury convicted Anthony Parker of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Phillip Wise in an apartment complex parking lot last September.

Prosecutors began the murder trial seeking second-degree murder, but defense attorneys argued that Parker acted solely in self-defense.

Parker was arrested on September 14, a day after Wise was found bleeding in a parking lot of the Fall River Terrace apartment complex in Harper's Choice.

It was determined that Wise and Parker were friends and the two had gotten into a fight on Harpers Farm Road when Parker stabbed Wise, then jumped into a van and drove off.

During the course of the trial the lead Detective on the case, Det. Clayton Davis, testified about arriving on the scene on September 13, and said that they had issued an arrest warrant for Parker who turned himself in the following day.

His testimony was followed by prosecutors playing a videotape of Parker being interviewed by police.

Parker is scheduled for sentencing on July 9, 2012.

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