Detectives Search for Basketball Trainer Charged in Man's Murder

Detectives are searching for a suspect in the murder of a Delaware man inside a New Castle home.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, New Castle County Police were called to a home on the 900 block of Eider Court in the community of Mallard Pointe.

Inside, they found 47-year-old Shawn Spence dead on the first floor. Officials haven't said what injuries Spence suffered, but described them as "significant."

"We received a telephone call to our dispatchers asking for a check on the welfare. They were concerned about someone that lived here. Our officers responded and they found an adult male deceased,” Cpl. Tracey Duffy of the New Castle County Police Department said.

Spence did not live in the home, but Gregory Parker did. Investigators issued a murder arrest warrant for the 52-year-old basketball trainer and are currently searching for him.

Neighbors told NBC10 Parker ran basketball clinics and didn't have a car. Attempts to contact him through Facebook and by phone have been unsuccessful.

Parker is the boyfriend of the homeowner, who police haven't identified. That woman works out of town during the week, officials said.

Spence's brother, Jermaine Johnson, asked the person who killed his brother to turn himself in to police.

"Ain't nobody worth killing...Turn yourself in before somebody else finds you," he said.

Parker is described as a bald man with brown eyes standing 6-foot-8 and weighing approximately 225 pounds.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the New Castle County Police Department at 302-573-2800.

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