LEBANON – A trial date of Oct. 28 is set for the Middle Tennessee suspect charged with murder in the deaths of his mother- and father-in-law, who died after a bomb exploded in their home in February.
Richard Parker was in Wilson County Criminal Court Tuesday for a hearing before Judge John Wootten Jr., who also set the next hearing for June 20, when motions filed can be heard.
Parker has pleaded not guilty in the deaths of Jon Setzer, 74, and Marion Setzer, 72, who were killed by a package that exploded at the Lebanon home. Parker and his family shared a driveway with the Setzers, and the homes were back to back.
The judge also opened the case file, which was sealed shortly after Parker's arrest because of requests from attorneys on both sides who wanted to protect the investigation.
"Based on the way the case came about, the quick nature that the indictment came through, it was better to have that record sealed in the beginning, but I don't think there is any need for it at this point," Assistant District Attorney Brian Fuller said.
No specific evidence about the case was discussed at today's hearing as both sides mentioned a large amount of information to go through.
Judge Wootten has continually emphasized his desire to move the case along.
"Good to see it moving along, and I'm glad to see the judge is wanting to expedite it," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "It's all about justification to the family and the family still needs our prayers."
Parker, who is being represented by Bill Cather and John Gholson of the public defender's office, was mostly stoic in shackles and handcuffs, but did engage in some brief conversations with attorneys. He is being held in the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison.