WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Antuan Parker.
He was found guilty of the lesser offense of purposeful murder and also two counts of having weapons under disability, two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of aggravated arson, gross abuse of a corpse and arson in the shooting death of Desirae Boss. His bond has been revoked.
Boss’ body was found in October 2021 in a wooded area off of Choctaw Avenue in Warren after a five-day search. The fire was set at the Oak Street home Parker was living at just two days later.
Boss’ family was in court Friday and cried when the verdict was read. It took the jury 3.5 hours of deliberations to reach a decision.
“We’re extremely satisfied with the verdict that came down. Anytime you have a case involving an attempt to prove premeditated murder, there are difficult hurdles to overcome but fortunately, jurors saw through the defenses that were put up,” said Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Chuck Morrow.
Boss’ family said they are pleased with the outcome.
“I’m still at a loss for words. I’m happy we got a little bit of justice today. We will never get my sister back,” said Karita Boss.
Boss’s aunt Alesia Code commended police, the judge and the jury.
“I’m ecstatic. Warren police did a great job. The judge, the jury, all the witnesses. They did a great job — the prosecutors. Everybody did a great job and bring justice for my niece,” Code said.
Morrow said parker faces a minimum of 18 years to life in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 25.