Request for special judge in Marshall County HS shooting case denied
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY- The Kentucky Supreme Court denied a request for a special judge to oversee the recent Marshall County High School shooting case.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s office filed the request earlier this month. We have not been able to read and review that motion because it is sealed.
Wednesday’s order filed by the Kentucky Supreme Court says the “Commonwealth failed to demonstrate any disqualifying circumstances that would require the appointment of a special judge.” You can read a copy of the order below.
Circuit Judge James “Jamie” Jameson currently oversees the case of 15-year-old Gabriel Parker. Parker is charged as an adult and is accused of opening fire among his classmates in the school’s commons on January 23. 15-year-olds Bailey Holt and Preston Cope died in the shooting. 18 other students were wounded.
The Kentucky Supreme Court does acknowledge there is an issue of whether Jameson had jurisdiction to appoint a public defender when he did. However it also mentions that issue is being raised in the Kentucky Court of Appeals due to a court filing, so it is not a “matter of disqualification for the Chief Justice to decide.” That filing was made by Paxton Media Group, which owns WPSD-TV.
PMG filed two petitions for a writ of mandamus or prohibition alleging Jameson of serious misconduct. The first filing claims Jameson improperly interfered with efforts to prosecute Parker. It also claims Jameson illegally closed Parker’s arraignment then sealed records to hide his actions.
The second filing alleges Jameson oversaw a secret hearing February 19 where there were discussions on whether to send Parker back to juvenile court.
Jameson’s attorneys filed a response February 26, arguing Jameson acted within his authority.