Sam Parker’s public defender argued Wednesday that testimony from two Walker County deputies should not be allowed in Parker’s murder trial because they "searched" his residence – and did so without a warrant.

The argument was part to the pretrial motion hearings going on this week. They began Monday in Walker County Superior Court in downtown LaFayette, with Judge Jon “Bo” Wood presiding. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are arguing over what evidence should be allowed in the trial.

Parker was charged in February 2008 with murdering his wife Theresa, a dispatcher with Walker County 911 who has been missing since the night of March 21, 2007. Her body has not been found. Sam Parker was a sergeant with the LaFayette Police Department when she disappeared.

A jury will be selected from Bartow County. Jury selection will begin Aug. 10 and the trial will begin Aug. 17.

Walker County Messenger