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Maryland prison bus slaying case headed for trial

A judge in Baltimore has refused to dismiss a wrongful death claim filed against the state by the parents of a prison inmate who was murdered aboard a prison bus.

Baltimore city circuit judge Sylvester Cox said Wednesday that there is enough evidence of negligence on the part of correctional officers aboard the bus to send the civil case to trial. A trial is set to begin Oct. 11.

The case stems from the 2005 slaying of Philip Parker Jr. as the bus rolled through pre-dawn darkness from Hagerstown to Baltimore.

Inmate Kevin Johns was convicted of strangling and slashing Parker, but he was found not criminally responsible by reason of mental illness. Johns, who was convicted of murdering two other people, took his own life in prison in 2009.