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Closing arguments under way in Md. prison bus murder case

Closing arguments are under way in Baltimore in a civil case alleging negligence by the state in the death of a prison inmate murdered by another inmate on a prison bus.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Samuel Shapiro asked the jury Monday to award “a full measure” of justice to compensate the parents and estate of Philip Parker Jr. for the failure of five correctional officers who were aboard the bus to prevent the murder. The parents and estate of Parker are seeking $21 million from the state and the officers.

They claim the guards were grossly negligent in failing to prevent Parker’s strangulation by fellow Supermax inmate Kevin Johns in 2005.