No evidence of tampering found in Marshall Co. shooting suspect’s case
BENTON, KY (KFVS) - The teen charged in a deadly shooting at the Marshall County High School was in court on Friday, Feb. 1.
Gabriel Parker was at the courthouse in Benton, Ky. at 9 a.m. for an evidentiary hearing on allegations of witness tampering filed by Parker’s defense attorney.
In court, the defense called the following people to the stand for questioning: the attorney for the Marshall County School District for the civil lawsuit, Marshall Mike Owsley, County School Superintendent Trent Lovett, Jonathan Elementary Principal Anessa Roberts, and two teachers.
After the questioning, the judge ruled that no testimony showed witness tampering.
During the proceedings, sealed records from Parker’s school counselor were released to the Commonwealth and to the defense. The records will remain sealed to the public.
At the conclusion of the hearing the judge set a status hearing for Friday, March 8.
The Circuit Court released an order on Friday, March 23, 2018 denying a motion to send the shooting suspect’s case back to juvenile court.
Before the criminal case goes to trial, Parker’s attorney says he will more than likely file a motion for a change of venue.
"I certainly anticipate that a motion for a change of venue will be filed but until I see that motion. I won’t comment on that. Certainly I would like to try the case Marshall County,” said Dennis Foust, Commonwealth Attorney.
"I think it would be almost impossible for him to get a fair trial here in Marshall County and part of that I think we saw it today—today we saw how much pressure this case puts on the citizens of Marshall County,” said Tom Griffiths, Parker’s Attorney.
After the criminal hearing on Friday, proceedings took place on two civil lawsuits against Parker brought by families of the victims.
The judge ordered the court to appoint an attorney to Parker. No other issues were addressed.
The next court date for the civil suits is Tuesday, February 12.
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