Commonwealth not seeking death penalty in Marshall Co. High School shooting case


The Commonwealth of Kentucky will not seek the death penalty in the case against the Marshall County High School shooting suspect Gabriel Parker. 

According to court documents obtained by News 2, prosecutors are pursuing the potential punishment of  “imprisonment for life without benefit of probation or parole until the Defendant has served a minimum of 25 years of his sentence” in the case. 

The motion was filed in Marshall County Circuit Court last week. 

Parker is accused of opening fire on his classmates at Marshall County High School in Jan. 2018. 

Two students, both 15 years old, were killed. They were identified by state police as Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and Preston Ryan Cope, who died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Eighteen others were injured. Of those, 16 suffered gunshot wounds, while four sustained injuries while trying to escape, although exact details on how they were hurt weren’t released.

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