Richard Parker, the man accused of placing an explosive device which killed his in-laws, Jon and Marion Setzer, in January, appeared briefly in Judge John Wootten’s Wilson County courtroom on Friday morning.
Although the motions hearing was over in less than ten minutes, Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Lea said that it was standard to make sure they stay on track for the tentative October 28 trial date.
“All we did today was go through preliminary motions based on discovery,” he said. “Both sides are cooperating.”
Evidence from state labs have been returned and Lea said they anticipate to have federal labs returned within the next few weeks.
“I think everybody will be ready by then. There is always a sense of urgency in a case of this magnitude,” he added.
The next motions hearing has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 5. in Judge Wootten’s court.
According to initial Tennessee Bureau of Investigations reports, an unknown package containing an explosive device was placed it the Setzers’ mailbox on Monday, Feb. 10. Jon Setzer was killed immediately. Martion Setzer was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for critical injuries and died two days later.
Parker, 49, married to the Setzers’ daughter Laura, resided with his wife behind the Setzers’ property on Vance Lane prior to the bombing. Parker owned and operated Legacy Restorations, Inc. According to the Legacy Restorations website, the company began in 1989 and offers historic restoration services in Tennessee and the surrounding states. The address the Parkers shared with the Setzers is also listed as the business address.
His past criminal history includes being convicted of arson in the early nineties in Giles County while renovating a cabin. Parker was given four years’ probation and paid $40,000 restitution.