An Aiken man, who was accused of shooting another man and then burying his body in 2012, pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Christopher Nathanial Parker, 26, of Milion Avenue, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and disposing of a body without notifying the coroner. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, which was the maximum sentence allowed for those charges, said Assistant Solicitor Bill Weeks, who prosecuted the case.
Parker is one of four people accused in the death of 18-year-old Huran Akil Dix, who was found buried in a wooded area off Dry Branch Road in January 2012. Dix had been shot once in the back.
One of the witnesses in the case was Parker's brother Marrio, Weeks said.
“His brother said in an original statement that his brother Chris told him he meant to kill him,” Weeks said. “But all of the other witnesses in the car and the witnesses outside the car painted the picture that it was an accidental shooting. Although extremely negligent, it was not something he intended to do.”
The incident happened the night of Jan. 26, 2012, Weeks said. Dix, along with Christopher and Marrio Parker, Pebbles Moyle and Ashley Serrano, had been at a home and piled into an SUV to go to the store and get beer, Weeks said.
“On the way back, Christopher Parker is playing with the victim's sawed-off shotgun. They're both in the back along with one of the girls,” he said. “The brother who's driving in front of him says, 'Put that gun away,' and, according to the girls, he reached back to put the gun back behind them in the luggage compartment of the SUV and the gun goes off.”
The round struck Dix in the left shoulder and killed him, Weeks said.
“From there, they kind of freak out and dump the body out on Gray Mare Hollow Road, come back, everybody goes their separate ways,” he said.
Christopher and Marrio Parker later returned, picked up the body and buried it in the woods, Weeks said. Christopher allegedly buried the body while Marrio allegedly drove them to the site in his SUV.
News of Dix's death “got out from several other people” who saw him leave the home with the group but didn't come back, Weeks said.
“Nobody had seen him for a day,” he said. “Ms. Dix, Huran's mother, started having people saying they were sorry about the loss of her son. Word was out that he met his demise, and they were suspecting Chris and Marrio because that's who he had been with.”
Additionally, Marrio was reportedly seen walking on the street near where the body was found.
Friends and family members of Dix assembled to search the wooded area and found an article of clothing they believed belonged to Dix, Weeks said. They then called police, who found a blood trail leading to the shallow grave.