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March 6, 2013

Ex-OSP guards in court on inmate death

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At that time a correctional officer “informed his chain of command of the condition of the cell, i.e. full of smoke with zero visibility, and that he could not get the occupant to respond.” At 2:50 p.m., an OSP extraction team arrived at Parker’s cell and removed him from the smoke-filled room, court documents state.

Parker was taken to McAlester Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m. A medical examiner’s report indicates Parker’s death was a result of complications of smoke inhalation.

At the time of his death, Parker was serving a 15-year sentence for a 2005 Tulsa County conviction of robbery with a firearm. After completing that sentence, he was set to serve another 15 years for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm and concealing stolen property.

His scheduled release date was Dec. 26, 2032, and he had a parole hearing set in July of 2017. Hunt, Glover and Jiles have not been charged in connection with the DOC investigation. On Aug. 27, Hunt, a safety consultant at the prison, received a termination letter stating that when investigating the cause of the fire, internal affairs determined the fire alarm system had been tampered with and was not functioning.

The letter cites failure to carry out inspections of the alarm systems as reasoning for Hunt’s termination. On Sept. 5, Glover, a security manager for OSP, received a termination letter stating that inspection reports had been found in which Glover indicated “all fire alarms are in working order.”

The termination letter states the alarm system in question had in fact been non-functional since June 24 and therefore could not have been in working order. On Sept. 7, Willis, a correctional officer at the prison charged in Parker’s death, received a termination letter stating he was assigned as the control room officer on the day and shift in question and failed to “act as outlined in policy.”

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