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An investigation into the bombing deaths of a Lebanon couple on Feb. 10 continues with investigators awaiting lab results regarding the explosive device used.

In the meantime, the man accused in the deaths of Jon Setzer, 74, and his wife, Marion Setzer, 72, remains in Wilson County Jail on $1 million bond.

Richard Parker, 49, of Lebanon, the couple’s son-in-law, was arrested on Feb. 13 and charged with two counts of Felony First Degree Murder and two counts of Pre-Meditated First Degree Murder and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

Parker appeared in court for arraignment on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The incident occurred shortly around 4:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call made from 576 Vance Lane about an explosion that occurred at 580 Vance Lane where the Setzers resided. Parker and his wife, Laura, resided at 576 Vance Lane.

Upon arriving, deputies found that Mr. Setzer was deceased. Mrs. Setzer was critically injured and was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she died on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as a result of her injuries.

As the investigation is continuing, a spokesperson in the Wilson County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office said information pertaining to the warrant for Parker’s arrest and the affidavit remain “under seal per Judge (John) Wootten (Jr.) and the District Attorney.”

Michael Knight, special agent/public information officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, noted, “Since the lab results are still pending coupled with the upcoming court proceedings, we are looking at least (at) another several weeks until all the leads are closed as part of the investigation.”

In the meantime, Parker remains in jail. He is being represented by the Public Defender’s Office which had no comment on the case. He is to appear in court again on April 8 for a motions hearing.

According to various media reports, Parker, owner of Legacy Restorations, a company which renovates historic homes and such, pleaded guilty to an arson charge in 1993 and received four years of probation. He was accused of setting fire to a log cabin he was remodeling for a couple residing in Pulaski in Giles County.

The couple, identified as Danny and Rosemary Martin, said Parker did not complete work on the cabin as set out in a contract that was written by Parker’s father-in-law, Mr. Setzer.

The Martins withheld payment. They said he later burned the cabin. In addition to his guilty plea, he was also required to pay restitution to the couple in the amount of $40,000.        

Various media reports in recent days have noted that a fire occurred at a home Parker resided at in Mt. Juliet in August 2005. The fire reportedly occurred in the attic of the home. Firefighters with Wilson County Emergency Management Agency extinguished the blaze, but some $15,000 in damage was reported.

The Parker’s home at 576 Vance Lane caught fire in August 2007 and was reportedly destroyed.

A grass fire was reported in October 2007 on property owned by the Parkers but which spread to property and a barn owned by another couple. More than $200,000 in damage was reported.

A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Jon and Marion Setzer will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 22, at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland Street.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.

Both were born in Johnson City and were active in their faith, attending Nashville First Church of the Nazarene and Lebanon's First United Methodist Church upon moving to Wilson County.

Survivors include: Mrs. Setzer’s brother, Dr. John Bruce Irwin; and the Setzer children Laura, Kristy, Matthew, Marianna; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been set up in their names at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan contributed to this article. He may be contacted at tbryan@wilsonpost.com.

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