Antioch woman pleads not guilty to murder, elder abuse charges in boyfriend’s death

Lisa Parker (Antioch Police Department photo)

ANTIOCH (BCN) — A woman suspected of choking to death her 69-year-old boyfriend in Antioch in November pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder and elder abuse Thursday in a Martinez courtroom.

Lisa Parker, 44, is facing the charges as well as three enhancements for use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury or death, according to Contra Costa County prosecutors.

Parker is accused using a belt to choke her boyfriend, Johnny Reed, after an argument on Nov. 19 in the 2300 block of Peppertree Way, according to Antioch police.

Officers responded shortly after 4:45 p.m. that day, based on a call Parker made, and found Reed with a belt around his neck with no signs of life, police said.

Reed’s heartbeat was re-established and he was later put on life support at a hospital. On Dec. 5, his family took him off of life support and he died the next day, police said.

After an initial arrest, Parker was arrested again by Antioch police on Dec. 7. She was booked into Martinez Detention Facility on no-bail status.

Judge Cheryl Mills upheld that no-bail status. Parker is due back in court in Pittsburg on Feb. 23.

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