- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A special prosecutor will determine if charges are warranted in a dispute involving the father of a TV reporter who was fatally shot during a live broadcast.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1ogI3gk ) reports that Franklin County state Sen. Bill Stanley told police he had been threatened by Andy Parker, the father of Roanoke reporter Alison Parker. Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman has been appointed special prosecutor to oversee the investigation.

Sen. Stanley told police that Parker had threatened him via a Facebook message in October. He says the message also accused Stanley of failing to offer condolences after the shooting.

Parker has become a gun control advocate in Virginia following his daughter’s death. He says he “spoke regrettably” and has apologized to Stanley.

Newman says the investigation is still ongoing.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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