Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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                              *News Release*                 Date: February 7, 2014

 
 

       

 

 

 

 

 

Man admits killing teenage girl in 1990

 

 

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a New Brunswick man has pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter, admitting he fatally stabbed a 15-year-old girl in an Edison motel more than 23 years ago.

 

          While a jury was in deliberations following a three-week trial in New Brunswick, Steven Parkey Jr. (DOB 8/7/70) agreed to plead guilty, admitting he killed Nikki Adams of New Brunswick on October 3, 1990.

 

          Under the plea agreement, Parkey will be sentenced to serve 25 years in a New Jersey state prison and must serve 12˝ years before he can be eligible for parole.

 

The plea agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Seidman.

 

Parkey pleaded guilty during a hearing on February 6, 2014 in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus, who will sentence the defendant on April 8, 2014.

 

 

Parkey, who was a resident of Highland Park at the time of the homicide, was arrested and charged on August 25, 2010, following an intensive investigation by Detective John A. Canavera of the Edison Police Department and Investigator Michael Daniewicz and Sgt. Eleazar Ricardo, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

The defendant was arrested after a new round of DNA testing linked Parkey to blood recovered from the crime scene.

 

During the trial, LaMountain and Seidman presented evidence and testimony showing Parkey repeatedly stabbed the teenager in a room at what was then known as the Colonial Motel on Route 1 in Edison.

 

The testimony and DNA evidence contradicted Parkey’s contention to police that he did not commit the murder. He also denied being in the hotel.