Convicted Killer Up for Parole

A man found guilty over twenty-years ago in what many say were the most notorious murder-kidnapping cases in Onslow County is being considered for parole. Marcus Shrader, 64 years old, was convicted in the first degree murder of Cheryl Potter Boyd and charged with killing three other Onslow County women in the 1970s. Those cases never went to trial because he was already convicted in one case. Arsenio and Evelyn Amabile's daughter, Karen was one of Shrader's victims. She was just fifteen at the time of her death. The Amabiles they say they are in disbelief Shrader is even up for parole with a life sentence. The district attorney, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown and county commissioner Delma Collins addressed the Parole commission in Raleigh Thursday arguing against his release. If Shrader is released, he will then have to serve a 20-year federal sentence for a bank robbery he forced one of the victims to assist him with before he killed her. Friday on WITN-7 News at Six, we'll have more on the case, and hear from the local officials testifying against his release. We'll also explore the Supreme Court ruling that changed Shrader's sentence from one of death, to one of life in prison.