Bradley Smith, convicted of the 1986 murder of a Topeka Hardee’s restaurant manager, is among Kansas prison inmates being considered for parole.
The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hear public comments about the possible parole of any of 27 eligible inmates from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Topeka Municipal Court chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.
Those being considered include Smith, 50, a maximum-custody El Dorado Correctional Facility inmate who pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the gunshot slaying of Larry J. Parker.
Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment for the slaying of Parker, 27, a Hardee’s manager who was shot while preparing to make a night deposit for the restaurant at a Highland Park bank. Parker’s wife was pregnant with their son, who was born a few months later.
Smith’s accomplice, John Crawford, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated robbery in the case and was paroled in 1991.
At the time of the slaying, Smith was on parole from a 1984 Harvey County conviction for felony theft.
Parole is also being considered for Lafayette Gayden, 47, a low/medium-custody El Dorado Correctional Facility inmate convicted in the 1993 Lyon County slaying of Kyla “Renee” Adams.
Authorities said Gayden pulled a gun during a fight with another man and fired shots that struck five people at a downtown Emporia bar and grill. Adams, the only one killed, was there celebrating her 21st birthday. Gayden was convicted of crimes that included first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated battery.
Inmates being considered for parole also include:
Jackie E. Alexander, who has a 1982 Shawnee County conviction for aggravated robbery, and 1991 Shawnee County convictions for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.
Marcus Glenn Goucher, who has 2009 Shawnee County convictions for criminal sodomy to a child and aggravated indecent liberties to a child.
Jackie Young, who has a 1977 Shawnee County conviction for robbery, and 1982 Sedgwick County convictions for kidnapping and rape.
The board also will hear public comments from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 in the Derby Police and Courts Building at Derby in Sedgwick County, and from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 in City Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Comments may be emailed to the board at KDOC_PRB_Public_Comment@ks.gov.
Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.