Police & Courts

Public defender appointed for Quincy teen charged in shooting death

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019 3:10 pm

QUINCY -- An attorney has been appointed to represent the Quincy teen charged in last month's shooting death of a Quincy man.

Judge Debra Wellborn appointed Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson to represent Roger L. Parker Jr. during a status hearing Monday in Adams County Circuit Court.

In his two previous court appearances, Parker said he wished to hire private counsel, but he told Wellborn that he was unable to do so.

Parker, 16, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Darrell E. Kelley Jr. on Sept. 26 in the 600 block of Sycamore. He is being charged as an adult.

Parker will return to court Tuesday for the status of a preliminary hearing.

Parker turned himself in on Sept. 27 at the Adams County Sheriff's Department, about 90 minutes after the Quincy Police Department announced he was the suspect in the shooting.

The Quincy Police Department said it responded to a report of a shooting about 5 p.m. in front of 612 Sycamore, where a man later identified as Kelley was found suffering from a gunshot wound. Kelley was taken to Blessing Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Parker is being held in the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center on $5 million bond.

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