BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

  • 01/26/15 01:41:21 PM

    UPDATE: One killed at shooting near TSU campus. Possible subject in custody, also w/ gunshot wound.  click here for more

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Richard Parker Pleads Guilty to 2 Counts of Murder -- Erika Lathon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Richard Parker, the man accused of killing Jon and Marion Setzer with an explosive device, plead guilty in court on Tuesday. 
Parker was facing two counts of first degree murder by the use, placement or discharge of a bomb or explosive device. He entered a guilty plea on both counts and now faces life in prison without parole. 

Parker killed his in-laws at their home after leaving a package on their doorstep. The Setzers' opened the box to find a lamp with a note instructing them to plug it in. Once they did, the lamp exploded. Surveillance footage obtained by investigators and revealed in court allegedly showed Parker buying the lamp and packing materials at a Gallatin Wal-Mart. 

Jon Setzer died at the scene and Marion Setzer was left in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center until she also died due to her injuries. 
Parker was married to the Setzer's daughter and lived on their Lebanon property. The announcement he had been charged with their murders shocked the community and church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher. 

Following the end of court, TBI Director Mark Gwyn delivered a statement, calling the crime "thoughtless" and hoped it would bring closure to friends of the family. 

One of Jon and Marion Setzer's daughters also spoke on behalf of the family, saying they were "pleased" with the outcome. She thanked all the agencies involved in the investigation, saying she and the family were treated with courtesy and respect during a "painful and grueling" time. She also thanked the community for their "outpouring of love and support and prayers."

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