Parker guilty of second-degree murder in child beating
BATON ROUGE - A judge found Randy Parker guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for beating his ex-girlfriend's son to death four years ago.
Judge Trudy White presided over Parker's bench trial and handed down her verdict in Baton Rouge. Parker was originally accused of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 23-month-old Demarcus Stokes.
Investigators said Parker confessed to whipping and beating Stokes because the child misbehaved during a hair cut and urinated on the ground. Video of Parker's confession was played in court during the proceedings.
Parker's attorneys said he should face manslaughter charges instead of murder.
The child's mother, Kimyia Stokes, remains on parish prison for charges of cruelty to juveniles and obstruction of justice.
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