Guilty Verdict In Retrial Of Two Murders
Todd Pittenger - May 12, 2015 5:15 pm
A Salina man who was convicted back in 2010 for two murders, one during a burglary and another after an argument, has been convicted again but of lesser charges.
Back in December of 2010 a Saline County jury convicted Willie Smith-Parker of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder, in connection with the deaths of Alfred Mack and Justin Letourneau. The first case stemmed from a burglary/homicide on the morning of June 13, 2009, and the second arose from a fatal shooting on the morning of June 19, 2009.
Smith-Parker was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Alfred Mack, second-degree intentional murder in the later death of Justin Letourneau, theft, and aggravated assault. The jury acquitted Smith-Parker of two aggravated burglary counts.
Last December, the Kansas Supreme Court reversed the murder convictions. Smith-Parker raised 10 issues in the appeal. the Supreme Court found that 4 had merit. Among them were how jurors were instructed, and how a juror was replaced with an alternative after deliberations had already started.
The case was retried in Saline County District Court this month. The trial lasted a little over two weeks. Jurors began deliberating Monday afternoon, and Tuesday afternoon reached a verdict.
Court officials, and family members, tell KSAL News that Smith Parker was found guilty of intentional 2nd degree murder for the death of Alfred Mack, and reckless 2nd degree murder for the death of Justin LeTourneau. While both are still convictions, they are for lesser charges.
Smith-Parker will more than likely have his prison sentence reduced when he is sentenced on June 12th.