Tests for toxins due on body of man found tied at home

January 02, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests on Lawrence Parker, 50, whose body, with hands and feet tied, was found in his Bolton Hill apartment.

Pending the results of the tests and a determination of the cause of death, police have ruled Parker's death suspicious.

Police say Parker's partially clothed body was found in the bedroom of his home in the 1400 block of Park Ave. around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The apartment was not ransacked but Parker's wallet, house keys and a VCR were missing.

Parker, the owner of Lawrence Parker's Formal Wear and Designs in the Oldtown Mall, was found by an employee who went to the apartment to deliver some evening wear and saw the door ajar.

Neighbors told police that Parker had returned home late Sunday night with several men.

Last night, a homicide detective said an autopsy on Parker's body by the state medical examiner failed to find the cause of death. The detective said toxicology test results would take several days at the earliest.

In another homicide in the area, police say the woman who was found dead with nearly 50 stab wounds at a Bolton Hill apartment building last week was identified as Diane Michelle Lemon, 23, of the 4000 block of Hilton Road.

Lemon was identified through fingerprints on file with the police department.

Police say the body was found last Saturday evening lying in the second-floor hallway of the building in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place.

The victim had been stabbed with scissors that were reportedly found in the apartment of the man charged with her homicide, police say.

A man convicted twice of rape and paroled twice has been arrested and charged with her slaying. The suspect, William Robert Snowden, 47, a construction worker, lived in the building where Lemon's body was found.

Police say Snowden was arrested after they discovered evidence that the stabbing occurred inside his apartment. He is being held at the Baltimore City Jail without bond.

The attack on Lemon was reportedly triggered by a dispute over money, police say.

According to Maryland Division of Correction officials, Snowden was convicted of a 1972 rape and sentenced to 20 years. He entered Patuxent Institution two years later and was paroled in 1981.

While on parole, Snowden was arrested five months later and charged with a second rape.

Convicted of the second rape, Snowden was sentenced to another 20 years and returned to Patuxent.

In 1986, he was paroled a second time.

Since his second parole, Snowden has complied with the terms of his parole and was employed, says a spokesman for the Division of Correction.

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