Man accused of killing wife appears in court

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We should find out today if a Chesterfield County man is competent to go on trial for his wife's murder. This happened earlier this year outside a pizza shop in the county.

Earlier this summer, investigators say 56-year-old Richard Parker went to Pietro's Pizzeria and started shooting.

Now we'll find out if Parker is competent to go through with a trial.

Chesterfield police say he shot and killed his wife Cindy, along with shooting Michael Dudley. Dudley stepped in to break up the chaos -- he was shot in the stomach.

"I just saw this guy beating his wife up, and at first I wasn't going to do anything because I figured somebody else would jump in. But then nobody was moving, so I wasn't thinking, I just threw my hat and took off running," said Dudley.

Parker is now facing several charges: first degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding along with two firearm charges.

A few months ago, a sanity evaluation of Parker was ordered. We expect to find out if a judge thinks Parker can go through a trial Monday.

Parker's hearing is set for 1 p.m.

We'll update you on air and online as soon as we find out what happens in court.

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