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Father accused of strangling daughter’s boyfriend to death

Parker Bogan, 59, is charged with voluntary manslaughter after police say he choked his daughter’s boyfriend to death as the couple was arguing.
Parker Bogan, 59, is charged with voluntary manslaughter after police say he choked his daughter’s boyfriend to death as the couple was arguing. Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office

A Charlotte man is accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend, choking the man to death when an argument between the couple got physical.

Parker Bogan, 59, is charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 36-year-old Patrick Creek. Paramedics found Creek dead at an apartment on Cattail Court in east Charlotte just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Bogan is charged with voluntary manslaughter and was in Mecklenburg jail late Wednesday. His bail information wasn’t immediately available.

The police department’s involvement with the fighting couple started Tuesday night at the home near where Plaza Road Extension meets Interstate 485. Officers were summoned to a domestic violence assault call about 11 p.m. When they got there, Bogan’s daughter said Creek “punched her shoulder during an argument,” according to a police news release.

The release said the woman didn’t have any visible signs of an injury, so officers completed a police report and told the woman how she could proceed with criminal charges.

Five hours later, officers were back at the home investigating Creek’s death. Police say Creek was again trying to physically assault the woman.

“The girlfriend’s father, Parker Bogan, intervened and put Creek in a chokehold,” the release said.

Police investigators interviewed Bogan at CMPD headquarters, then charged him with voluntary manslaughter.

Police have not provided many details about their interactions with Creek and his girlfriend. For example, it’s unclear if officers had ever been called out for an alleged instance of domestic violence between the couple before. The department has not said how long the responding officers spent at the home on Cattail Court.

Police policy

The department has a 10-page directive that spells out what officers should do in domestic violence situations. It says officers must consider more than whether a person alleging domestic violence has physical injuries.

“Officers must determine through careful interviews and investigations if any criminal violations have occurred,” the directive states. “Injuries, weapons, and other pieces of evidence should not be considered by themselves, but the totality of the scene should be used to determine who the predominant aggressor is and what the appropriate offense is.”

Bea Cotè, who is on the executive committee of the county’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, said officers responding to such cases should look at the entire situation – previous threats of violence, defense wounds and whether the victim was in fear for her life.

“In domestic violence cases, context matters,” she said. “But yet law enforcement is not necessarily charged with looking for context, they’re looking to see whether a crime has been committed.”

Cotè said it was most important for officers to parse out the couple’s history of violence.

“I would see if there had been a history of domestic violence,” Cote said. “And I would look for who the aggressor was in the past, because that’s not likely to change.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and encouraged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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