- Associated Press - Friday, February 14, 2014
Son-in-law arrested in Tenn. package bomb deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A three-day investigation of an explosion that killed a widely loved and well-respected Tennessee couple in their 70s ended Thursday with authorities charging a son-in-law who lived directly behind them and had been previously convicted of arson.

Richard Parker was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jon and Marion Setzer, as well as unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon, said State Fire Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Katelyn Abernathy.

Abernathy said she did not have any information about a possible motive for the bombing. Authorities did not release any information about the Setzers’ daughter, Parker’s wife, other than to say that he was the only person charged.

Jon Setzer, 74, was an attorney who handled wills and trusts, but he had been in very ill health in recent years. Friends said he was on dialysis and had heart problems and high blood pressure, among other health issues.

Marion Setzer, 72, had formerly worked as a dental hygienist.

A package exploded at their home on Monday at about 5 p.m., killing Jon Setzer immediately and critically injuring Marion Setzer, who died at a hospital on Wednesday.

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Corker stands by claim VW will expand if UAW loses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday stood by his statements that Volkswagen is ready to announce it will expand its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga if workers there reject the United Auto Workers.

But the Tennessee Republican said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he didn’t inquire whether the German automaker would scrap plans to build a new midsized SUV at the plant if the UAW wins.

About 1,500 workers at the plant are eligible to cast votes in the three-day union election that ends Friday.

Corker declined to say whom at Volkswagen he had spoken to and how they were in a position to know what the German automaker’s decision would be.

While the claimed link between the union vote and the expansion decision has long been denied by company officials, Corker said his sources weren’t concerned about the release of a potentially conflicting information.

“I don’t think there’s any question that a public statement was expected to made,” he said. “What I did was very, very appropriate.”

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