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Quincy teen accused of 2019 murder pleads guilty

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Roger Parker Jr. in 2019
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Roger Parker Jr. in 2019
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Roger Parker Jr. in 2019
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Roger Parker Jr. in 2019

QUINCY (WGEM) — Roger Parker, Jr., 17, of Quincy, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday, according to Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones.

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

After Parker Jr. waived his right to a jury trial Thursday, Jones said the state was in negotiations to enter a plea agreement with Parker.

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

Parker Jr. will return to court on August 13 for sentencing.

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

Darrell Kelley Jr

Quincy Police said Kelley Jr. was found lying in the street near 6th and Sycamore with multiple gunshot wounds around 5 p.m. on Sept. 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 Sept. 27, 2019, following a news conference earlier in the day when Quincy Police Chief Robert Copley identified him as the shooter.

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