Richard Parker, 49, was indicted Thursday on two counts each of
felony first-degree murder and premeditated first-degree murder in
the deaths of retired attorney Jon Setzer, 74, and his wife Marion
"Right now, we feel like we have the single person responsible for
committing this crime in custody," Mark Gwyn, director of the
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told a news conference.
Parker was arrested Thursday afternoon at his house, which is by the
home where the Setzers lived in Lebanon, Tennessee, about 40 miles
east of Nashville.
Investigators from the start zeroed in on a package as the source of
the explosion at 5 p.m. Monday, but had been tight-lipped about its
contents or whether anyone was targeted. They released few details
in announcing the charges against Parker.
Jon Setzer died in the explosion, authorities said, and Marion
Setzer was flown to a Nashville hospital in critical condition,
where she succumbed to her injuries Wednesday night.
The explosive package was placed at the residence, said Jeff Fulton,
special agent in charge for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives in Nashville.
An $8,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an
arrest and conviction in the case and was still available Thursday,
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The Setzers attended Lebanon First United Methodist Church, Senior
Pastor Mike Ripski said in a statement. Jon Setzer was a student of
the Bible, beloved teacher and wise counselor, and Marion Setzer had
a sweet spirit and gentle demeanor, he said.
"Their home was a 'haven of blessing and place of peace,'" Ripski
said. "This horrific tragedy has left the church and all who know
them in disbelief and profound grief."
Parker, who also was charged with one count of unlawful possession
of a prohibited weapon, was being held on a $1 million bond, Gwyn
(Reporting by Tim Ghianni; editing by David Bailey, Richard Chang
and Jan Paschal)
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