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Suspect Confesses to Murder While on Probation for Drug Charges

APD detectives arrested and charged Steven Parker for the Dec. 3 murder of Tory Burdex.

Wed. December 8, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives arrested and charged Steven Parker for the Dec. 3 murder of Tory Burdex.

Parker, 42, told detectives he shot Burdex with two different guns following an argument earlier in the day with Burdex and another man over drugs. Parker said he felt disrespected by Burdex.

Parker had recently agreed to a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance, and was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation.

Homicide detectives learned Parker was scheduled for a probation meeting Tuesday. He was apprehended for probation violation, and agreed to talk to detectives about the shooting.

Parker was charged overnight with an open count of murder, and booked into the Metro Detention Center.

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