Arson victims speak about man accused in Lebanon explosion - WKRN News 2

Arson victims speak about man accused in Lebanon explosion

Posted: Updated: Feb 19, 2014 10:32 PM
The Martin family's log cabin before it burned down. The Martin family's log cabin before it burned down.
What's left of the log cabin that burned on July 13, 1990. What's left of the log cabin that burned on July 13, 1990.
Jon Setzer, 74, was killed after a package exploded at his Lebanon home. His wife Marion, 72, died two days later. Jon Setzer, 74, was killed after a package exploded at his Lebanon home. His wife Marion, 72, died two days later.
Richard Parker pleaded not guilty to first degree murder on Tuesday. Richard Parker pleaded not guilty to first degree murder on Tuesday.
PULASKI, Tenn. -

Richard Parker's face has been plastered all over the news since he was charged in his in-laws' murder last week.

However, that face has been haunting a Giles County family for more than two decades.

Parker was convicted of arson in 1993 after burning down a log home belonging to Danny and Rosemary Martin.

Parker was hired in 1990 to renovate the 19th Century cabin before the Martins moved in.

"We wanted that to be our home," said Rosemary Martin. "We wanted that for our kids."

It was a big job, and the Martins say it didn't take long before Parker was behind schedule.

On Friday, July 13, 1990, the home burned to the ground. A member of the Martin family reportedly spotted Parker fleeing the scene and a nearby hose pipe had been cut.

Parker was convicted three years later of setting the fire and sentenced to four years of probation.

Fast forward to February 10, 2014, when an explosive package was delivered to his in-law's Lebanon home.  

Jon Setzer, 74, was killed instantly when the package exploded. His wife Marion, 72, died of her injuries two days later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

About 100 miles away in Giles County, the Martins say once they realized who the Setzers were, they knew exactly who was responsible.

"When we realized it was the Jon Setzer that we knew and that Richard Parker lived in the back yard, we knew he did it," Rosemary said. "There was never a doubt in our minds."

"I definitely knew when I saw that it had happened that he was a person capable of that crime."

Parker pleaded not guilty to first degree murder on Tuesday. He's being held in the Wilson County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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