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Bombing suspect Richard Parker / DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Bombing suspect Richard Parker has been moved from the Wilson County Jail to another facility, The Wilson Post has learned.

The move occurred on Thursday, Feb. 20, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s Online Information System.

Brian Fuller, assistant district attorney with the 15th Judicial District, confirmed Parker’s relocation on Tuesday, but declined to say if he was moved due to any sort of threat or the high-profile nature of the case, or to which facility he was moved.    

“Yes, he’s been moved. I really don’t want to comment,” he said, adding, “he’s still in custody.”

Parker is a suspect in the deaths of his in-laws Jon and Marion Setzer who resided at 580 Vance Lane, about 2 miles outside of Lebanon, off Hartsville Pike, on Feb. 10. Parker and wife, Laura, resided on the same property as the Setzers, at 576 Vance Lane.

Parker is suspected of placing an explosive device at the residence. Mr. Setzer, 74, was killed instantly, and Mrs. Setzer, 72, died two days later, on Feb. 12, at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Parker was arrested the following day on Feb. 13.

A funeral for the couple was held this past Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene in East Nashville.

Since the incident occurred, authorities have been tight-lipped regarding the investigation. Fuller did say on Tuesday that the investigation was continuing. There has been no official word from anyone involved in the case as to what the device was, the type of explosive used, or what they believe was the motive.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; State of Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office, Bomb and Arson Division; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Parker was arraigned on charges of two counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Premeditated First-Degree Murder and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Weapon on Feb. 18 before Judge John Wootten Jr. The judge set bond at $1 million.

Parker is to appear in court again for a motions hearing on April 8.

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

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