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Marshall County school shooting suspect appears in court

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MARSHALL CO., KY -- The teen accused of shooting and killing two classmates, and injuring 14 others at Marshall County High School, spent Monday morning in court. The teen is being charged as an adult, but his attorney is trying to change that.

Gabe Parker made his first public court appearance Monday. In the courtroom, his lawyer argued Parker's case should be sent back to juvenile court. 

Parker sat in court quietly, and almost completely still, besides briefly adjusting his handcuffs. In Monday's short hearing, his lawyer Tom Griffiths argued the juvenile court judge, which decided to send Parker to adult court, did not follow proper procedure. 

"Instead of doing a full hearing, instead of examining all eight factors, instead of people going through what is required by the juvenile code, they rushed through it in 25 minutes," said Griffiths. 

The prosecutors claim it wasn't rushed and said all eight factors were considered. By law, they say only two factors need to be found to send a juvenile to adult court. The two they found were "seriousness of the crime" and "that the offense was committed against persons." The prosecution says its already been two months since the crime happened, and its time to agree on a punishment. 

Parker was 15 at the time of the shooting. Because of his age, he will not face capital punishment and the courts cannot sentence him to life without parole.

"So the third highest penalty now, we've gone down two, now life without parole for 25 years. Even that penalty Griffiths is saying, 'no it's too much, it's cruel in unusual,'" said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney James Ford. 

Parker's attorney and the judge plan to write the Attorney General's office to hear what they have to say about the matter. If the office doesn't respond within three weeks, the judge will make the ruling.  

The court plans to take a three week recess, then they'll decide again if he'll l be charged as an adult or a juvenile. Parker's next court appearance is August 3rd.

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