Hartford Man Convicted of April 2011 Murder

A federal jury has found a Hartford man guilty of an April 2011 murder, according to the US Attorney’s office.

Karl Roye, 25, was convicted of murdering Anthony Parker, who was 24, in Hartford in 2011. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering and committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering.

Roye is scheduled for sentencing on October 27. He faces life in prison.

Prosecutors said on April 6, 2011, Hartford police responded to shots fired near 15 Thomaston Street in the Blue Hills neighborhood of Hartford, where they found Parker in a vehicle suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported t Saint Francis Hospital but died of his injuries.

This case initially went cold but was revisited as part of a long-term investigation into narcotics trafficking by gangs in the Hartford area, according to the US Attorney’s Office. Investigators said Parker’s homicide was also included in cold case playing cards used in Connecticut’s state correctional facilities.

FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, DEA and Hartford Police Department and the Cold Case Unit of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney all took part in the investigation.

Officials said Roye was a member of the Wall Street group, later known as Team Grease. According to court statements, Roye and another man, Jimel Frank, shot Parker from opposite sides of the vehicle.

Both men were arrested in February 2015.

Frank plead guilty on November 12, 2015 and awaits sentencing.

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