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Parker set to be arraigned

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM

Richard Parker, the son-in-law indicted for the recent package bombing on Vance Lane, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said arraignments begin at 9 a.m. and he wasn’t sure exactly what time Parker’s case would come before a judge.

Bryan said this is the first process for Parker. He said Parker would be walked to the courtroom, have the charges read to him and be asked how he pleads.

Bryan said he was unsure if Parker would hire an attorney or if he will have one appointed to him.

According to Bryan, Parker remained in the Wilson County Jail.

“There were rumors Friday or so that he had made bond, but that’s not the case. He’s still in jail,” Bryan said. “And I don’t think he’s going to make [bond].”

Parker is under a $1 million bond following an indictment and arrest Thursday for charges of killing his in-laws, Jon and Marion Setzer, with an explosive device that detonated a week ago at their home just outside of Lebanon. Jon Setzer was killed at the scene Monday and Marion succumbed to her injuries Wednesday after she was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter.

Parker was taken into custody Thursday following a three-day investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and a Wilson County special grand jury then indicted Parker on two counts of felony first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.

Though authorities said they believe they have the sole person responsible for the explosion, they said the investigation still remains ongoing.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about the incident call 800-TBI-FIND or 800-824-3463. An $8,000 reward remains active for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the case.

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