• Spring murder trial date set for Erica Parsons' adoptive father


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Erica Parsons adoptive father, Sandy Parsons, faced a Rowan County judge Thursday who set his trial for the spring of 2020.

    Police charged Sandy Parsons and his wife, Casey Parsons, with murdering the girl.

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    Casey Parsons already took a plea deal and was sentenced to life in prison.

    Erica’s biological mother told Channel 9 on Thursday she expects the same sentence for Sandy.

    "I think he deserves life in prison just like her,” Carolyn Parsons said. "I am not gonna settle for anything else than life in prison. That's just the way it's gonna be."

    [RELATED: Erica Parsons' adoptive mother pleads guilty to murder, child abuse]

    Erica was last seen alive in November 2011.

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    Her adoptive brother didn't report her missing until 2013 and Sandy led police to Erica's remains in 2016.

    Sandy Parsons is also facing child abuse charges in the case. His trial is set for April 6.

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