Marshall Co. shooting suspect appears in court, high school receives large grant

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BENTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Gabriel Parker, who is accused of killing two during a January school shooting at Marshall County High School, appeared in court Friday.

CBS affiliate KFVS reports that Parker sat handcuffed during his brief pre-trial hearing. Attorney’s discussed security and the evidence obtained from data on 100 cell phones. The downloaded data is being stored in Frankfort, and attorneys say it will take time to review all of it.

Parker faces two charges of murder and 14 counts of assault in connection to the school shooting. He will be tried as an adult. His next court date has been set for March 2019.

Today, Governor Matt Bevin and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced an emergency response grant, worth more than $138,000, will be given to the high school. The money is said to go towards staffing the school.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports almost 100 people gathered at Murray State University today in protest of National Rifle Association President Oliver North’s speech scheduled later in the evening so close to the Marshall County community. Some protesters were survivors of the Marshall County school shooting.

North’s speech came just hours after Gabriel Parker appeared in court.

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