Victims' son-in-law charged in deadly Lebanon explosion - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Victims' son-in-law charged in deadly Lebanon explosion

Posted: Updated:
Richard Parker (Photo from TBI) Richard Parker (Photo from TBI)
Jon Setzer (right) and Marion Setzer died after the explosion. They are seen here in a previous Channel 4 News story. Jon Setzer (right) and Marion Setzer died after the explosion. They are seen here in a previous Channel 4 News story.
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Former Montgomery home of Rosa Parks heavily damaged by copper thieves

    Former Montgomery home of Rosa Parks heavily damaged by copper thieves

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:55:04 GMT
    The apartment complex that includes the home Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks and her husband shared while they lived in Alabama's capital city, was heavily damaged by copper thieves Monday.More >>
    The apartment complex that includes the home Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks and her husband shared while they lived in Alabama's capital city, was heavily damaged by copper thieves Monday.More >>
  • Teen shooting suspect turns himself in

    Teen shooting suspect turns himself in

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:39:09 GMT
    A suspect sought in connection to a murder and accused of shooting at three Columbus teens has turned himself in to police. Columbus police tell us 18-year-old Terrance Streeter, also known as Worm, turnMore >>
    A suspect sought in connection to a murder and accused of shooting at three Columbus teens has turned himself in to police. Columbus police tell us 18-year-old Terrance Streeter, also known as Worm, turned himself in to police around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.More >>
  • Consumers urged to support local businesses at Small Business Week

    Consumers urged to support local businesses at Small Business Week

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:45:17 GMT
    Columbus city leaders are asking residents to support the local economy by doing business locally this week. Today is "Support Locals Day," and it's all part of Small Business Week, which kicked off Monday
    More >>
    Columbus city leaders are asking residents to support the local economy by doing business locally this week. Today is "Support Locals Day," and it's all part of Small Business Week, which kicked off Monday. Their mission is to get people to shop at local businesses to keep dollars and jobs local.More >>
LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

The son-in-law of a Wilson County couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged in their deaths.

Richard Parker, 49, was indicted Thursday on two counts each of first-degree murder and premeditated first-degree murder in the deaths of 74-year-old Jon Setzer and 72-year-old Marion Setzer.

Parker is also charged with unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Parker was arrested Thursday and lives on the same property where the deadly blast occurred.

The explosion happened about 5 p.m. Monday at the Setzers' home in the 500 block of Vance Lane, near Hartsville Pike.

Jon Setzer died in the explosion, and Marion Setzer was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she died from her injuries Wednesday evening.

Officials have not yet described the package but said it was not delivered to the home through the postal service or another parcel delivery company.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, state fire marshal's office and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency were among those investigating.

Authorities have not released any information on a possible motive in the deadly explosion, but they say the community can rest assured this was a targeted and isolated case.

"Certainly any time an explosive device is used or a firearm is used, it terrorizes an area. But I think the neighborhood and the region should be calm to know this was an event inside the same family," said ATF investigator Jeffrey Fulton.

The Associated Press reported Parker was convicted of arson in 1993 in Giles County and sentenced to four months of probation, according to records.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.