Next court date set for Quincy teen accused of murder

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The 16-year-old accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Darrell E. Kelley Jr. of Quincy appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

Roger L. Parker, Jr., 16, of Quincy entered the courtroom around 9:20 a.m.. Friends and family could be heard telling Parker to “keep his head up.”

This was Parker’s first court appearance with his state appointed attorney, Todd Nelson. Attorney’s discussed whether or not they would be waiving their right to a preliminary hearing.

The judge set the next preliminary hearing for Oct 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones says they could take the case to the grand jury between now and then.

When asked specifics of the case and what led up to the shooting the night of September 26, Jones said he could not comment.

“At this point we can’t,” said Jones. “Ethical rules prohibit us from talking about the case and we’re not going to do that. What I will say is, we will present the evidence we need to at either a preliminary hearing or a grand jury in order for the case to move forward.”

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

Police said Parker, Jr. shot Kelley Jr. multiple times just before 5 p.m. on September 26.

The Adams County Coroner’s Office pronounced Kelley, Jr. dead a short time later at Blessing Hospital.

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