Police & Courts

Trial date set for Quincy teen charged in September shooting death

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 1, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- A jury trial has been set for the Quincy teenager charged in connection with the September 2019 shooting death of another Quincy teen.

Roger Parker Jr., is set to go to trial starting Nov. 9 after a brief status hearing Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court. Five days were scheduled for the trial.

Parker, 16, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 26 shooting death of 18-year-old Darrell Kelley Jr. He is being charged as an adult.

Quincy Police responded about 5 p.m. to the 600 block of Sycamore where a man who was later identified as Kelley was found suffering from a gunshot wound. Kelley was taken to Blessing Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Parker turned himself in the next day at the Adams County Sheriff's Department -- about 90 minutes after Quincy Police announced he was a suspect in the shooting.

Testimony from an Oct. 30 preliminary hearing reported that witnesses told police there appeared to be an argument between Parker and Kelley before Parker allegedly shot him three times. Witnesses also told police they heard Kelley in an argument with two males on FaceTime about 45 minutes before the shooting at a house near 10th and York streets. Witnesses described one of the men as "biracial," and that one of the males said he had a gun.

In February, Parker was found fit to stand trial after a fitness examination was completed by psychologist Frank Froman.

He is set to return to court Oct. 16 for a status hearing.

Parker continues to be held in the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center on $5 million bond.

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