Judge Denies Motion to Challenge Jurisdiction of Marshall School Shooting Case

Mar 27, 2018

Defense attorney Tom Griffiths with Gabe Parker at a hearing in March
Credit Ryan Hermens, pool photo

Marshall County High School shooting suspect 16-year-old Gabe Parker will continue being tried as an adult.

Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Jameson denied last week a motion that sought to send Parker back to juvenile court. Specifically, the motion was "to challenge jurisdiction due to failure to conduct a full certification hearing."

Parker’s public defender Tom Griffiths brought the challenge before the court earlier this month. He said the juvenile District Court did not follow proper procedure by failing to conduct a full certification hearing required in the juvenile code.

Jameson wrote in an order denying the motion that the court had conducted the hearing under the ‘automatic transfer’ statute. As a result, he writes, Parker was transferred to the circuit court as a youthful offender.

Under the statute, if the district court finds probable cause to believe the child committed a felony with a firearm and was 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense the case shall be transferred to circuit court for trial as an adult.

Parker was 15 at the time of the shooting. He is charged with felony counts of murder and assault.

The next hearing is scheduled for August 3.