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North Carolina furniture maker faces wrongful death lawsuit

March 10, 2022 GMT

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina furniture manufacturer has been sued by the family of a woman who was shot and killed while on the job. Another employee of the company was charged in her death.

Attorney Lyndon Helton said Justin Marlow, the husband of shooting victim Michele Marlow, filed a lawsuit for wrongful death against TCS Designs, the company’s president, plant manager and a third person who was a manager at the company at the time of the shooting, the Hickory Daily Record reported.

Hickory police said in a news release in January 2021 that Michele Marlow, 51, was shot in the head and killed as workers at the furniture store ran after hearing the first of two gunshots.

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A search was launched for Tangela L. Parker, who was wanted for first-degree murder and Eric Parker who was wanted for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. They evaded law enforcement for six months before they were captured in Arizona and brought back to Hickory.

Documents in the case accuse TCS Designs and employees of being aware of Tangela Parker’s violent threats toward Michelle Marlow before the shooting, and then refusing to fire Tangela Parker before the shooting.