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Suspect in deadly Lebanon explosion enters not guilty plea

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Richard Parker in court Tuesday morning. Richard Parker in court Tuesday morning.
LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

The Lebanon man accused of killing his in-laws with a bomb entered a not guilty plea in court Tuesday morning.

Richard Parker remained pretty quiet, only speaking to answer the judge's questions, and usually with just one or two words.

Five days have passed since authorities arrested Parker, who is accused of placing some sort of bomb at his in-laws' Lebanon home.

The explosion immediately killed retired attorney 74-year-old Jon Setzer and critically injured his wife, 72-year-old Marion Setzer. Soon after, the family made the decision to take Marion Setzer off life support.

Parker was indicted last week on two counts each of first-degree murder and premeditated first-degree murder.

He submitted an indigent affidavit to the judge on Tuesday. He told the judge he cannot afford an attorney, so the court will assign him a public defender.

The judge made it well known to the defense and prosecution that he is going to try to move this case through the system as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

"These type of cases, the judge does want to move these along in an expeditious manner, and certainly, this is one that he would like to get going on what he sometimes calls a 'rocket docket.' Obviously, everything will be done correctly, and there will be time for all the attorneys to make any motions or do any discovery that they need to do, but he does want it to move along a little more quickly than sometimes the court does," said prosecuting attorney Brian Fuller.

Parker's next court appearance is scheduled for April 8.

The funerals for the Setzers have been set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon with the service starting at noon.

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