Michael Parker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He began his career as a prosecutor in the Twentieth District of North Carolina in 1989. From 1989 to 1995, Parker worked as an Assistant District Attorney trying cases in Juvenile, District and Superior Courts. Parker has tried, as lead prosecutor, all types of criminal offenses, from misdemeanors in District Court to capital murders. In 1996, Parker was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney and became responsible for supervising the prosecution of homicides in the district and supervising the prosecutors in all the counties. Parker has tried more than 150 jury trials (estimated). As Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Twentieth District, Parker supervised 16 Assistant District Attorneys, the prosecution of all criminal cases in all four counties and was responsible for in house training of the prosecutors. Parker was appointed District Attorney on 1 November 2004. At that time, the Twentieth District included Richmond, Anson, Stanly and Union Counties. On 1 January 2007, the Twentieth District split with Union County becoming Prosecutorial District 20B; but Parker remained District Attorney of Prosecutorial District 20A. Prosecutorial District 20A included Richmond, Anson and Stanly Counties and had a staff of 12 Assistant District Attorneys and 12 support staff. On January 1, 2011, Parker became a homicide prosecutor in NC Prosecutorial District 16A and retired on July 1, 2014 after nearly 25 years as a prosecutor. On September 29, 2014, Parker became the Police Attorney for the Fayetteville, NC Police Department.
During nearly 25 years as a prosecutor, Parker has taught trial advocacy courses on such topics as capital case prosecution, sexual assault prosecution, domestic violence prosecution, domestic violence homicide prosecution, DWI prosecution, drug prosecution and vehicular homicide prosecution. Additionally, Parker has taught courses in forensic medical evidence, DNA, child sexual abuse, discovery in capital cases, adult learning principles, visual aids, case preparation and organization, effective critiquing skills, effective file management, 404B evidence, themes in criminal prosecutions, crime scene reconstruction for the courtroom, DV homicide investigation, ethics, murder investigations, cold case investigations, Train the Trainers course, evidence courses, body worn cameras, Internal Affairs Investigations and Personnel Records.
Parker is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented for the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, the North Carolina Institute of Governments, the South Carolina Solicitor’s Association, the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the New York Prosecutor Training Institute, the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Conference, the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute’s National Traffic Law Center, the National Trial Advocacy Center, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, the Iowa County Attorney’s Association, West Virginia Prosecution Training Institute, Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, York County SC Coroner’s Office, the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, Alabama Children’s Justice Task Force, Alabama District Attorneys Association, Alabama Department of Human Resources, The Cyril H. Wecht Institute on Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission.
Parker has authored or co-authored trial advocacy courses on such topics as sexual assault, DWI, domestic violence, homicide and evidentiary issues. Parker co-wrote an Evidence Based Domestic Violence Prosecution Curriculum Manual (2001), wrote Criminal Discovery in North Carolina (2002) and also in 2002, Parker acted in and co-produced Time to Make a Difference, a domestic violence training video based on his Evidence Based Domestic Violence Prosecution Course. Parker also acted in and consulted on “What is Autism?” – a training video on autism prepared at the request of the special NC Legislative Study Commission in 2009. Parker is currently working on a book on themes and arguments in criminal cases.
Parker served on the North Carolina Conference of District Attorney’s Training Committee from 1995-2002, the Domestic Violence Training Committee and the Trial Advocacy Training Committee from 1998-2002. He is past President of the Moore County Bar Association and former member of the Twentieth District’s Grievance Committee. Parker received the 2000 North Carolina Conference of District Attorney’s Experienced Prosecutor Distinguished Service Award for his work in training North Carolina’s Prosecutors. In 2006, Parker was appointed to the Rural Courts Commission by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court for a three-year term and served as the Technology Committee Chairman. In 2007, Parker Received the North Carolina Victim’s Assistance Network’s District Attorney’s Award for his service to victims. In 2008, Parker was honored with a Lifetime Membership Award from Moore County Rescue Squad #2 for his more than 20 years of rescue service. In 2009, Parker served on the Advisory Committee for North Carolina Safe and Sound, a sub-committee of the Autism Society of America, and on the NC AOC Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.
Parker is 54 years old and is married to the former Carol Ward of Greensboro, North Carolina. Michael and Carol have been married 32 years. Carol graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985 with a BS Degree in Biology and obtained her Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in 1989. Carol and Michael have two sons, Matthew (a law student at Campbell University) and Garin.