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Quincy teen accused of 2019 murder expected to enter plea agreement

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Roger Parker Jr. in 2019
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Roger Parker Jr. 2019 mugshot
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A school photo of Kelley Jr.

QUINCY (WGEM) — Roger Parker, Jr., 17, of Quincy, waived his right to a jury trial Thursday morning in an Adams County courtroom, according to Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones.

Jones said the state was in negotiations to enter a plea agreement with Parker.

Jones said he expected both parties to agree to a plea of second degree murder next week.

Although he was 16 at the time of the alleged shooting, Parker Jr. is being tried as an adult, according to Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha.

Darrell Kelley Jr

Parker Jr. was charged in 2019 with first degree murder for allegedly shooting 18-year-old Darrell Kelley Jr. of Quincy.

Quincy Police said Kelley Jr. was found lying in the street near 6th and Sycamore with multiple gunshot wounds around 5 p.m. on September 26, 2019.

According to police Kelley Jr. was taken to Blessing Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Parker Jr. turned himself into police on the afternoon of September 27, 2019, following a news conference earlier in the day where Quincy Police Chief Robert Copley had identified him as the shooter.

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