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Judge appoints public defender to teen murder suspect

QUINCY (WGEM) — The 16-year-old accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Darrell E. Kelley Jr. of Quincy made another court appearance Monday morning.

Roger L. Parker, Jr., 16, of Quincy appeared at the Adams County Courthouse with shackles on his hands and feet.

Parker appeared briefly Monday morning where Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson was appointed to represent him.

Parker told Judge Debra Wellborn that he plans to hire a private attorney, but was not able to at this time.

Adams County Asst. State’s Attorney Josh Jones said they didn’t want the case to sit any longer without something going forward with the case.

“He’s asked for that attorney to be appointed, it was granted and if next week, or two weeks from now, they’ve decided to hire a private attorney, our office is not going to have any objection to that. He has an absolute right to the counsel of his choosing and we would never get in the way of that,” Jones said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Adams County Court House, where Parker and his attorney will discuss how they want to proceed with the case.

Jones says Parker is facing three felony counts of 1st degree murder with a minimum of 45 years in prison.

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Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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