Man Convicted of Murdering Hyde Park Mother in Dispute Over $10 Cable Bill
A 57-year-old man was found guilty Thursday of killing a mother of two and wounding her boyfriend in an argument over a $10 cable bill.
Kenneth Theodrick Parks was convicted of one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the 2014 shooting, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Parks and the victim, Terri Kwan Smith, lived with several other adults at a transitional housing facility on Ninth Avenue in Hyde Park, police said.
She and Parks were allegedly involved in a weeklong dispute over an unpaid $10 cable bill, the release stated.
On April 14, 2014, Parks was outside Smith’s room when he opened fire, killing her and wounding her boyfriend, according to Deputy DA Joshua Ritter.
Despite being shot twice, the boyfriend was able to disarm Parks, Ritter said.
At the time of her death, the 42-year-old Smith was the mother of an 11-year-old girl and 20-month-old son, according to police.
Parks faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentencing Oct. 1.