Suspects in York County burning truck deaths to be jailed until at least July

Steven Parker
Steven Parker Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

The two Blacksburg men charged with murder in the drug-deal-gone-bad deaths of two North Carolina men found shot and burned in a truck in western York County last week likely will be jailed for at least a month before either one has any chance at bond.

One of the suspects, Steven Eugene Parker, 38, served almost a decade in prison a for accessory to a murder from an arrest when just 17 years old, state police records show. Additionally, after Parker was released from prison he has been charged twice with attempted murder.

Donald Edward Creswell Jr., 45, and Parker are both being held without bond in the Cherokee County jail after each was charged with murder Friday after police found the two bodies in a burning truck near the tiny York County town of Hickory Grove, just east of the Broad River and the Cherokee County line.

Only a circuit court judge can set a bond in a murder case.

Neither Creswell nor Parker is on the list for bond hearing in court in Cherokee County this week during Cherokee County’s June term of court, a spokesman for 7th Judicial Circuit prosecutors said. Cherokee County only has one week of criminal court each month. Criminal court is not scheduled again for Cherokee County until July 13.

Police say that Creswell and Parker shot and killed Aron Lucas Young, 35, and Jerry Dwayne Farmer, 43, as early as Tuesday of last week at a home in Blacksburg after a dispute over a drug deal. Young had past convictions for dealing methamphetamine and had been out of prison only a year.

Parker was arrested in April 18 on two charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, then was released on $20,000 bond just over a week later, online court records show. Yet Parker’s brushes with the law and stops in prison have been going on since he was 17 years old.

In 2001, Parker was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of accessory to murder from a 1998 incident, according to State Law Enforcement Division records. After his release from prison, Parker has been convicted of several other crimes since 2010, including cocaine charges, assault, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.

In 2012, Parker was sent back to prison on a three-year sentence after being convicted of assault and drug charges. After release, he was arrested again in late 2013 on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder, but the charges were dismissed last year.

Creswell has drug convictions dating back to 1988, according to State Law Enforcement Division records and was on probation at the time of the drug deal and killings, according to court records.

Creswell was arrested in 2014 for allegedly tampering with a public utility box after he was sentenced to a year of probation in December after pleading guilty to second offense domestic violence. Previous charges for drugs were dismissed, court records show.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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