MARION — A Crittenden County jury found Demarcus Donnell Parker, 27, guilty of first degree murder Tuesday night for the April 28, 2018, shooting death of Oliver Johnson, 25.
Johnson was a resident of West Memphis and was employed as a police officer with the Forrest City Police Department at the time of his death. Parker was shooting from a vehicle at rival gang members when a stray bullet entered Johnson’s home and struck him, causing his death.
The jury found Parker guilty of the following charges: first degree murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle in the first degree, six counts of attempted murder in the first degree, and fifteen counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle in the second degree.
Judge Randy Philhours then followed the jury’s sentencing recommendation and sentenced Parker to life in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the murder charge. Parker also received life for unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, plus 30 years each for the six counts of attempted murder, plus 20 years each for the 15 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, plus a 15-year enhancement of committing a felony with a firearm on each of the previous 23 counts, plus a further enhancement of 10 years for committing these felonies in the presence of a child for a grand total of two Life sentences plus 835 years, all to run consecutively.
The state was represented by Deputy Prosecutors Michael Snell and Thomas Young. West Memphis Police Department Investigators Captain Troy Galtelli and Detective Matt Jarrett were lead investigators. The jury consisted of five women and seven men.
After the sentencing, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “Deputy Prosecutors Tom Young and Mike Snell worked diligently for several weeks to evaluate hundreds of pieces of evidence to make their best case. West Memphis Detectives spent many hours putting the case file together. The jury listened to both sides, and ultimately returned maximum sentences on all counts and recommended they be run consecutively.
“Sadly, none of this will bring Officer Johnson back to his family, but maybe they will find some comfort that justice was served this week.”