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article imageTennessee man charged in package bomb deaths of in-laws

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 14, 2014 in Crime
Lebanon - Richard Parker, 49, was arrested three days after a package bomb was left at his in-laws' home, killing them. Police have not yet released a motive for the killings.
Investigators announced Parker was arrested at his home yesterday. A special grand jury indicted the 49-year-old on charges of first-degree murder and premeditated murder. Parker is also facing a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.
On Monday at around 5 p.m., Jon Setzer, 74, went to his mailbox and brought a package he found there into the home he shared with his wife Marion, 72. Although it was initially believed the package was sent through the mail, investigators have now determined it was placed in the elderly couple's mailbox.
When Setzer began to open the package it exploded, blowing out the windows at the Lebanon home. Setzer was killed in the blast while his wife was rushed to a Nashville hospital, about 40 miles from Lebanon. She succumbed to her injuries Wednesday evening.
David Hughen, a neighbour, said the house was only built four years ago. He said, "With the house as well-built as it is, it had to be a huge explosion."
Jon Setzer was a retired lawyer who was in poor health. He was on dialysis and had heart problems and high blood pressure. His wife, Marion, had previously worked as a dental hygienist.
Friends were shocked not only by the couple's deaths but by the arrest of their son-in-law who lived on the property adjacent to the Setzers. John Stark, a Nashville attorney who had known the Setzers for more than 30 years said, "We were just dazed by what happened. Jon was one of the good guys. He was a good lawyer. He taught Sunday school. Stark described his friend as "a quiet and humble man."
John Lloyd, a retired dentist who formerly employed Marion Setzer, said, "They were two of the finest people I ever knew, good Christian people who loved their children."
If the motive for the killings is known, authorities are not disclosing it. Nor are they disclosing the contents of the package or whether anyone else was targeted. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said, "Right now we feel we have the person responsible for the crime in custody."
A note was found in the home that investigators believe may have been attached to the bomb. The authorities are not disclosing the contents of the note but it may contain handwriting to tie Parker in with the crime.
Parker, who had a 1993 conviction for arson, remains in custody in lieu of a $1 million bond.
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