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Tennessee man accused of killing in-laws with package bomb sent to their home

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By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – The son-in-law of an elderly Tennessee couple killed after a package exploded at their home this week was charged Thursday with their murder, authorities said.

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 Setzer, 72.

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“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.

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An $8,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case and was still available Thursday, authorities said.

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.”

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Parker, who also was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon, was being held on a $1 million bond, Gwyn said.

(Reporting by Tim Ghianni; Editing by David Bailey, Richard Chang and Jan Paschal)

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Watch a report on Parker’s arrest and indictment, as aired Thursday on CNN, below.

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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.

At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.

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When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.

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