Alice Virginia Cordell, a material witness in the Sam Parker murder case, died Saturday.
At a motion hearing in April, District Attorney Leigh Patterson made a motion for Cordell, 71, to give a video deposition. Judge Jon Boling Wood granted the motion.
The 43-minute videotaped deposition was recorded May 6 at Cordell’s residence in LaFayette. Patterson declined comment on the deposition’s contents.
At the April hearing, Patterson called Dr. Ted Scoggins of LaFayette to testify on Cordell’s health condition and why it could be potentially hazardous to her health to attend the trial and testify.
Cordell suffered from heart disease, emphysema, frailty, anxiety and panic disorders, according to Scoggins. Scoggins said Cordell was a patient of his and that she was physically and mentally unable to attend the trial.
Theresa Parker, a dispatcher with Walker County 911, has been missing since March 21, 2007.
Her husband Sam, a sergeant with the LaFayette Police Department at the time, immediately became a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance. In February 2008, Sam Parker was charged with the murder of his wife.