Attorneys Argue to Toss Parker's Statements
By The Associated Press
BENTON - Attorneys for Gabriel Parker, who is charged with fatally shooting two classmates and wounding 14 others at Marshall County High School, have asked a judge to suppress his statements to investigators.

News outlets report 13 witnesses, including several police officers and the mother of the suspect, testified during Monday's hearing in Marshall Circuit Court. Testimony lasted for about seven hours.

Parker, now 17, is accused of fatally shooting Preston Cope and Bailey Holt at Marshall County High School in January 2018. He's charged as an adult.

Defense lawyers say investigators didn't obtain a proper waiver of Parker's Miranda rights, didn't correctly contact his mother and didn't properly comply with the mother's request for an attorney.

Prosecutor Dennis Foust said after the hearing that he believes testimony shows police followed all procedures correctly.

Judge James Jameson said he expects to issue a ruling next month.

A status hearing for the case is set for November 15 and a trail is set for June 1, 2020 in Christian County.

Published 12:30 PM, Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019
Updated 08:36 PM, Thursday Aug. 22, 2019

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