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Tenn. man accused in package-bomb deaths gets Oct. trial

April 8th, 2014 12:25 pm by Associated Press

Tenn. man accused in package-bomb deaths gets Oct. trial

Richard Parker answers questions during his arraignment at Wilson County Criminal Justice Center in Lebanon, Tenn., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Jae S. Lee)

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — A Lebanon man charged with murder in the package-bomb deaths of his in-laws has an Oct. 28 trial date.

Wilson County Circuit Court Judge John Wootten set the date during a Tuesday hearing. Wootten said he wanted to set an early date because Richard Parker is awaiting the trial in jail, unable to make his $1 million bond.

Parker is the son-in-law of Jon and Marion Setzer, and he lived directly behind them in rural Wilson County.

A package bomb exploded at the Setzers' house on Feb. 10, killing 74-year-old Jon Setzer, a retired lawyer. Seventy-two-year-old Marion Setzer later died at a Nashville hospital from her injuries.

Parker's pastor, Kevin Ulmet, has said that before Parker's arrest, he sat for hours at Marion Setzer's bedside, along with her children.

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