Release* Date: April 9, 2014
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: April 9, 2014
Man sentenced for 1990 homicide in Edison
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey
announced today that a
Steven Parkey Jr., 43, was sentenced April 8, 2014 to the
The sentence was imposed after Parkey cut short his trial
and pleaded guilty on February 6, 2014 to a count of aggravated manslaughter,
admitting he killed Nikki Adams of
Parkey pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Seidman.
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
The defendant was arrested after a new round of DNA testing linked Parkey to blood recovered from the crime scene.
was on trial at the time he decided to plead guilty. 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
The testimony and DNA evidence contradicted Parkey’s contention to police that he did not commit the murder. Prior to pleading guilty, he denied being in the hotel.