Civil lawsuits in Marshall County High School shooting heard by judge

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY — Families of Marshall County High School students who were killed or injured in the shooting last year were in court on Tuesday.

They were there for the first hearing of two civil lawsuits filed in connection to the shooting.

Gabe Parker, the accused shooter, has been named a defendant in both lawsuits.

One of the lawsuits was filed by the families of four victims, including Bailey Holt who was killed in the shooting. Parker, his mother and step-father, along with several Marshall County School District employees are named in the suit.

The other suit was filed by the family of Preston Cope, the other student killed in the shooting. That suit only lists Parker, his mother and step-father as defendants.

Judge Jamie Jameson heard both civil lawsuits at the same time.

He said that because Gabe Parker is a juvenile, he will be appointed council and that the plaintiffs may have to pay for it.

Judge Jameson also approved a motion to appoint a special bailiff to the case. The bailiff will be able to serve papers to two defendants named in the lawsuits that live outside of Marshall County.

A member of Parker’s family was also in court along with Parker’s criminal attorney. None of the families wanted to talk on camera.

The next court date for the civil cases has not been set yet.