Houston Man Sentenced to 77 Years for 2019 Murder

Houston Man Sentenced to 77 Years for 2019 Murder

A Houston man who fatally shot an acquaintance on an August morning in 2019 was sentenced this week to 77 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

“We mourn with the family for the loss of this young man who was gunned down in the prime of his life,” Ogg said. “It shocks the senses to realize that this violent gun crime took place in broad daylight. We sought justice for the victim and the family, and now this defendant will spend decades, and maybe his whole life, in prison.”

Cory Cornell Parker, 32, was convicted of murder by a Harris County jury in a four-day trial and sentenced Tuesday by a judge for killing 30-year-old Marcus Ealy on August 22, 2019.

Parker and Ealy had known each other since high school. The two men apparently ran into each other in the parking lot of a mutual friend’s apartment complex in northwest Houston, near Willowbrook Mall about 10:20 a.m.

It remains unclear exactly why Parker shot Ealy, but Ealy did not have any weapons on him when he was shot once in the chest.

The sound of the gunshot drew the attention of several neighbors who saw Parker and watched him flee the scene in his car, a dark-blue 1980s-era Chevrolet Caprice, before rushing to try to help Ealy.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. After interviewing witnesses and investigating, Parker was charged with murder and later arrested.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Axline, who is a chief in the DA’s trial bureau, prosecuted the case with ADA Tyler Arner.

“Marcus Ealy was a great uncle and a beloved member of a large extended family who was a big part of the lives of a lot of kids, not just his own nieces and nephews,” Axline said. “This was an absolutely senseless killing, and there’s no reason this young life should have been taken so abruptly.”

Parker must serve at least half of the prison sentence before he is eligible for parole.