Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of ex-girlfriend on first day of trial

A 35-year-old man from Albany, New York, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder during the first day of his trial. Kason Parker admitted to the brutal stabbing of his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend, Meghan Kiefer.

Parker’s guilty plea was announced by Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney’s office. Tierney commented on the merciless nature of Kiefer’s murder and expressed hope that the outcome would offer a degree of closure to her loved ones.

On October 23, 2021, Kiefer had planned to go shopping with a friend, but first needed to collect her credit card from her home, where her ex-boyfriend Parker was residing. An argument ensued between Kiefer and Parker on the front porch, which escalated when Parker pulled Kiefer away from her vehicle. Then he stabbed her a total of 54 times.

Kiefer’s friend, who was present at the scene with her one-year-old twins in the vehicle, attempted to help Kiefer but was pursued by Parker. She managed to escape and called 911, providing a description of Parker and his vehicle. Tragically, Kiefer went into cardiac arrest en route to Stony Brook University Hospital and passed away shortly after arrival.

Following a Crime Stoppers tip, Parker was located on a bus headed for North Carolina and was subsequently arrested. Investigators discovered a substantial amount of physical evidence linking Parker to the murder, including a folding knife with traces of blood and a mixture of Kiefer’s and Parker’s DNA. They also found clothes stained with Kiefer’s blood.

Additionally, dashboard camera footage showed Parker fleeing the scene of the crime, and he had made multiple admissions to killing Kiefer. By the time three witnesses testified during the trial, Parker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. That plea carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.