Accused Marshall Co. school shooter's attorneys fight to get case moved to juvenile court
BENTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Marshall County High School shooting suspect Gabe Parker appeared in court Monday as his attorneys look to move his case to juvenile court.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri CBS affiliate KFVS reports Parker's attorneys are arguing that their client's constitutional rights were violated when he was transferred to circuit court, but prosecutors say they had enough factors to enable the state' automatic transfer statute.
Kentucky law states a child of at least 14 accused of a felony in which a firearm was used must be transferred to circuit court for trial as an adult if the district court finds probable cause to believe that the child committed the offense alleged.
Parker, who turned 16 on Mar. 3, is accused of killing two and injuring more than a dozen at Marshall County High School Jan. 23.
Parker is ineligible for the death penalty because he is a juvenile. He could face life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years.
If Parker's case is transferred to juvenile court and Parker is found guilty, he would only be behind bars until he's 18.