Conway couple in apparent murder-suicide had previous domestic problems

troot@thesunnews.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— A Conway man and woman involved in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday at a bingo hall in the city previously had been charged in domestic assaults, according to police records.

Records show domestic violence related charges against the man, Richard Kavin Register, 41, and Ebony Laphaire Parson, 25, who police said is register’s estranged girlfriend, as recently as Sept. 4.

Both were found shot to death about 10:45 p.m. Saturday inside Mill Pond Bingo at 1410 Millpond Road in Conway, according to authorities.

Ten to 20 people were inside the bingo hall at the time of the shooting, and then ran out of it, said Conway police Lt. Selena Small.

Officers initially responded to “an active shooter call at the Applebee’s,” but learned from a manager at the restaurant that people from the bingo hall had run to the restaurant to report the shooting, according to a police report. Officers went to the bingo hall and found Register, who was listed as the suspect in the report, and Parson, who also goes by Ebony Spain was listed as the victim.

Witnesses told police that Register shot Parson, his estranged girlfriend, with a .20 gauge shotgun before he turned the gun on himself, Small said.

“We have been asked about a motive – understand that we can not release a motive because we can not speak with the suspect to find out what it was,” Small said. “Our investigation is ongoing to make sure we have spoken to all witnesses to determine the facts as they occurred that night when this tragic incident occurred.”

Records indicate that on Sept. 4, Register was arrested and spent about 17 hours in jail on charges of kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, according to police records. He was released on $20,000 surety bond.

In that incident, Parson called police at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3 to a home on Leonard Avenue to report that Register had assaulted her after they got into an argument, according to a police report. Parson told police that Register had been drinking all day and hanging around her place of work, which was not identified in the report.

Parson said Register punched and kicked her and when she went to leave he held her against her will, according to the report. Parson said she waited until he went to sleep and she left the house without clothing because she was so afraid.

Parson said she went to her sister’s house and called police, according to the report. Parson declined to be treated by EMS, but officers noted she had bruising on her forehead and her hair had been ripped off.

Parson told police the couple had been together for about two years, according to the report. Officers took Register into custody during a traffic stop on Ninth Avenue near Grainger Road.

In a separate incident Parson was arrested on May 2, 2012, on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, according to the Horry County public index. That charge was filed by Horry County police and details about the arrest were not available. The charges were dismissed on May 11, 2012, according to court records.

Other charges against register include his arrest by Horry County police on Jan. 4, 2009, on a charge of criminal domestic violence. He was found not guilty of that charge on Feb. 5, 2009, according to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division.

Authorities ask that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to contact the 24-hour crisis line of Lifeline, a local domestic violence shelter, at 843-232-7055, Small said.

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