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Suspect's clothes found in slain Raleigh woman's apartment

Posted September 10, 2008

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— Police collected possessions belonging to the suspect in the search of the home where a Raleigh woman was killed Sept. 6.

Christine Powell Parker, 44, was found unresponsive at her home at 4609-A Brockton Drive in Raleigh. She died at WakeMed the next day. The cause of death, according to police, was strangulation.

A search warrant released Wednesday lists clothes, documents and a gym bag belonging to suspect Robert Earl Ellis among the items seized in a search of Parker's apartment.

Ellis was being held without bond in the Wake County Jail. He is charged with Parker's murder.

Ellis was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in Wilson County in 1987, was put on probation, then served more than a year in jail for violating his probation, according to state Department of Correction records.

He was also convicted of resisting a public officer in Nash County in 1993.

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  • happily married Sep 10, 2008

    I am so glad I moved from over there!! I lived about 2 complexes down from that address. Prayers go out to her family.

  • MadBiker Sep 10, 2008

    If he gets convicted of murder for this one, he's really looking at some SERIOUS probation!

  • jbirdnc Sep 10, 2008

    This guy looks like the crazy man that was always walking around Western Blvd, over by Wendy's and around the Big Lots parking lot. He was a fixture there for years it seems. Always alone, mumbling to himself. Just about any time I'd have to ride down Western, you could almost bet you'd see this guy wandering around.