The true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, will be retelling the local double homicide case of Charlie and Diane Parker on its series “Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.
The Parkers were found shot to death in their Conway home in 2005, but investigators were initially stumped by the little evidence left behind at the crime scene and by the fact that the couple had even fewer enemies, according to a release from Investigation Discovery.
The gruesome crime gained national attention.
Richard Gagnon, who was dating the couple’s daughter, was ultimately charged with their murder after police found Charles Parker Sr.’s blood on his shoes.
Gagnon said he got the blood on his shoes after he went inside the Parkers’ home when police and crime scene detectives had left.
Unable to provide an independently verified alibi, and based on informant testimony, Gagnon was convicted and imprisoned in 2007, according to the release.
But a small bloodstain, collected at the crime scene, led to a new break in the case two years later.
DNA evidence from the blood never matched Gagnon, but it did match Bruce Antwain Hill, 33, of Tabor City, North Carolina. Police didn’t know of Hill until his mouth was swabbed for DNA when he began a seven-year prison sentence for a robbery in Tennessee.
Horry County police charged Hill in 2009 after his DNA sample was uploaded into a national database and linked to the Parkers’ deaths, according to authorities.
Gagnon spent six years in prison before he was exonerated when a witness was found to have lied during his trial. The charges against him were ultimately dismissed in 2015.
Hill was convicted of two counts of murder and burglary and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2011. He is seeking an early release of his sentence, citing ineffective counsel, in a case that is still pending.
The upcoming episode will feature interviews with private investigator William Beam, prosecutor Fran Humphries, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson, WBTW reporter Nicole Boone, defense attorney Robert Dudek and Gagnon, according to the release.
Investigation Discovery Channels
- Channel 260 in HD on Frontier Communications
- Channel 71 or 871 in HD on HTC
- Channel 138 or HD 138 on Spectrum - Time Warner Cable
- Channel 285 or HD 285 on DIRECTV
- Channel 192 or HD 192 on DISH
The episode will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27