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Second person charged in the murder of Eric Phillips

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A second person has been charged in the murder of Eric Phillips, who was killed in the parking lot of the McConnell Family Boathouse in June 2018.

Tastacia Parker, 23, has been charged with murder. She was arrested Monday by the Us Marshals Service in Fort Wayne.

In November 2018, Elbert Briggs, 24, was charged in Phillips' murder.

BACKGROUND
On June 23, 2018, a South Bend Police officer was driving near the University of Notre Dame's boathouse in the 900 block of Northside Boulevard when he discovered a man lying on a curb in the parking lot of the boathouse.

The body was identified as Eric Phillips.

Video surveillance from the boathouse showed a red Mustang arriving in the parking lot around 3:30 a.m.

Two people, Tastacia Parker and Eric Phillips, got out of the vehicle and walked to the back of the Mustang.

Two other people approached the couple. One was wearing a long sleeved white t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. After a brief exchange between the two groups, the person wearing the long sleeved white shirt fires at least one shot at Phillips, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Phillips ran east in the parking lot, then collapsed.

Parker and the other two people who came to the scene fled south through the adult workout area, reports said.

After receiving a warrant for Phillips' Facebook account, investigators found a conversation where Phillips plans to meet with Tastacia Parker at the east Race, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When investigators interviewed Parker in late June, she admitted to going to the boathouse with Phillips and was present when he was shot, according to the probable cause affidavit.

After receiving a warrant for Parker's Facebook account, investigators found a picture of a male who was dressed similarly to the man in the long sleeved shirt on the surveillance photo.

He was later identified as Elbert Briggs.

The investigator located a photo of Briggs with a Sccy 9mm on Facebook, reports said.

In July, the projectile found in Phillips' body was identified as coming from a Sccy 9mm, and the casings recovered from the boathouse also came from a Sccy 9mm by a firearms and toolmark expert, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Investigators received a search warrant for the phone records associated with Briggs and Parker. The records showed the two were in the immediate area of the boathouse when Phillips was shot and killed, and traveled together from South Bend to Fort Wayne to West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Elbert Briggs was charged with one count of murder on November 1, 2018.

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