31-Year Old Mississippi Woman Charged
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Clewiston Police Department have charged Ruby Yolanda Parker, 31, of Poplarville, Miss. with three counts felony capital murder.
During the night Parker admitted her involvement in the murders. The male suspect, who killed himself shortly after the crime is Richard Harry
Harker 35, of Hawthorne, Florida. He was reportedly a business associate of the Clewiston victim, Joey Whitaker. According to the Florida Secretary of State, Richard H. Harker started a company last year incorporated as Harker and Associates of Florida, LLC with offices in small town Hawthorne, Florida. Joey Whitaker was the head of Big Lake Cruisers, Inc. in Clewiston since 1986. Records show that Nestor Ramos of Clewiston is the Vice President, and Linda S. Pelham is Secretary/Treasurer of the local corporation.
Harker served nearly ten years in prison in Florida for second degree murder. He was released in 2002 and spent time in Desoto Correctional Instutute in Arcadia, serving time for a second degree murder 16 years ago.
Autopsies will be conducted today by the Medical Examiner's Office to determine a cause of death, according to Larry Long for the Fort Myers office of the FDLE.