Motion to suppress accused Marshall County High School shooter’s statements denied

Motion to suppress accused Marshall County High School shooter’s statements denied
Accused Marshall County High School shooter Gabriel Parker enters circuit court for a hearing Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Parker's defense attorney alleged that an attorney for the school system improperly tried to persuade witnesses not to speak with a defense investigator.

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD/WAVE) - A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress statements the accused Marshall County High School shooter made not long after the shooting on Jan. 23, 2018.

NBC affiliate WPSD reports Gabriel Parker’s attorney, Tom Griffiths, has argued self-incriminating statements Parker made to investigators after the shooting should be kept out of his upcoming trial. Griffths’ motion claimed Parker didn’t fully understand his rights, that his Miranda rights were violated, and that his parents weren’t properly notified when he was arrested.

Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson denied the defense’s motion in an order filed on Wednesday.

After considering evidence presented by the defense and the prosecution, Jameson found that Parker’s Miranda rights were not violated and that the statements he made were voluntarily given without coercion from law enforcement. Jameson also found that Parker’s right to counsel wasn’t violated, and that law enforcement did not violate state law regarding parental notification when a child is taken into custody.

“We believed all along that law enforcement handled this chaotic situation exactly as trained and according to well-established law and protocol. Simply stated, they did an outstanding job. Judge Jameson’s findings of fact confirm that,” prosecutor Jason Darnall told WPSD.

The full order can be found in the PDF below.

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