Man faces four life prison sentences

November 21, 1990|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore man faces four life prison sentences after his conviction in the murder of a reputed Charles Village drug dealer and the kidnapping and rape of the victim's fiancee.

Gerald Tyrone Parkey, 35, was found guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday of premeditated murder, kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon as well as two counts of rape, two sex offenses and several handgun violations. The jury deliberated less than three hours.

When Judge Arrie W. Davis sentences him Dec. 17 Parkey could receive a maximum prison sentence of four life terms plus 140 years, prosecutors said.

Parkey was convicted of murdering Willis Madison, 24, a reputed drug dealer who was stabbed to death and robbed in his home in the 2800 block of N. Calvert St. last November. Prosecutors said Madison was killed by two men who later kidnapped and raped his 21-year-old fiancee.

A co-defendant, Jonathan Anthony Jones, 32, was convicted last September of a sex offense stemming from the rape of Madison's fiancee, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on murder, kidnapping and rape charges against Jones.

Davis was expected to hear motions in Jones' second trial today.

According to testimony at Parkey's trial, the defendants went to Madison's home for a drug transaction the evening of Nov. 27, 1989. The three men went out and returned early the next morning. As Madison's fiancee listened from a bedroom, a screaming Madison was stabbed 14 times in the back, according to testimony.

The woman testified that Jones took $600, drugs and a watch from a safe in the bedroom. She was abducted at gunpoint, she said, and raped repeatedly at two motels on Reisterstown Road before she managed to escape. Although they lacked physical evidence linking Parkey to the rapes, prosecutors argued that he was guilty because he was present when the rapes occurred.

Prosecutor Laura Mullally told jurors it was premeditated murder, reminding them of a statement Parkey made to police that Nov. 30. In it, Parkey said Jones had asked him for a ride to Madison's home. "He wanted to get these drugs from Willis," Parkey told police, "but he said that he would have to kill him."

Parkey, of the 1700 block of N. Longwood St., said Jones allegedly gave him about $300 and a telephone answering machine taken in the robbery.

Mullally said Parkey was "motivated by one thing and one thing only: greed." Jones allegedly stabbed Madison first and Parkey "finished him off," she said.

Parkey took the stand Monday, testifying that he had known Madison since Madison was 13 years old. The morning Madison was killed, Parkey said, they fought over some cocaine. As they wrestled, he said, someone -- Parkey testified that he did not see whom -- plunged a butcher knife into Madison's back.

Under cross-examination, Parkey admitted to two previous convictions for theft and robbery and that he was on parole at the time of his arrest in connection with the Madison slaying.

Defense lawyer Morris Kaplan accused the rape victim of allegedly conspiring with Jones in the murder. "It's obvious that somewhere along the line [she] and Mr. Jones joined together to do this," he said.

Kaplan said the woman willingly left the apartment with Jones.

The woman testified that during the abduction, she was taken to an auto repair shop, a medical clinic and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, where Parkey worked.

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