Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Parker Charged In Triple Murder

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.


  1. Anonymous12:11 PM

    I am trying to convince myself that this really did happen. You see, Yolanda and I were friends years ago and I just can't believe she is capable of murdering anyone. She was reported missing back in July, but the news is failing to report that to people. She may have been under his influence in whatever she did. We need to also remember that just because you hear something on the news doesn't make it true. We, here in Poplarville, were told that she wasn't charged with anything yet. That she was only being held in protective custody until the investigation was complete.
    Our prayers and condolences are with all involved.

  2. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Well if you are family members of the three people who were murdered, you believe that it's true... Those Joey, Ann, and Myrtle had kids, grandkids, brothers sisters, friends, and so many others who have had to suffer with this tragedy. Not to mention the horrible way they were killed. Sorry, but it is hard to feel sorry for someone who had part in their murders. At least her friends and family get to see her again.....

  3. Anonymous11:11 PM

    This whole thing is such a tragedy for all involved. Personally, I don't think Parker would still be in jail after a year if there wasn't sufficient evidence to support whatever charges that have been placed against her. Does anyone know what the charges are?

    I sure hope the victims families are fairing well. My heart goes out to you guys. Has anyone heard how Harker's hidden wife have pulled through all of this??