Son-in-law charged in fatal Tennessee bombing

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(CNN) — The son-in-law of a Tennessee lawyer and his wife killed in an explosion at their rural home has been charged with planting a bomb there, authorities announced Thursday.

[Original story posted at 4:22 p.m. ET]

(CNN) — The wife of the retired Tennessee lawyer who was killed this week when a package bomb detonated outside their home has died, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Marion Setzer, 72, died Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Her husband, Jon Setzer, was killed Monday when the package exploded, shattering windows across the street from their rural Tennessee house.

Amid the debris, investigators found a note they said may have been attached to the bomb; authorities would not divulge its contents.

Officials originally said they thought it was delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, but sThis is a very important piece of evidence, because now you may have handwriting,” said former ATF agent and bomb expert Joseph Vince.

Officials said Setzer, 74, picked up the package from his mailbox, about 200 yards from the house. It detonated just inside the house, killing him and critically wounding his wife.

“It doesn’t make sense at all,” family friend Ken Caldwell told CNN affiliate WTVF. “When I’ve heard it said that it was targeted, I thought, well, they must have targeted the wrong person.”

Law enforcement sources said they’re investigating how the package was delivered — whether it came by commercial delivery or private carrier.

State and local authorities descended on the neighborhood near Lebanon, about 30 miles east of Nashville. The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also are investigating.

Officials are testing items found in the home, including labels and pieces of paper, to determine whether they may have been part of the package or perhaps from previous deliveries from the same sender.

Health problems

Before he retired, Jon Setzer worked on bankruptcy and other cases.

His former law partner, George Cate Jr., said Setzer was a dedicated servant and a pastor at “little country churches.” The two met while serving in the Army Reserve.

Cate said he couldn’t understand why anyone would want to target Setzer or his wife. “Nothing had happened in my recent times to make me anticipate anything of this kind happening,” Cate told CNN affiliate WZTV.


aid Thursday they now believe that was not the case.


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3 Comments for “Son-in-law charged in fatal Tennessee bombing”

  1. AugustWA

    People can be so cruel…I just don’t understand.

  2. ღSalღ

    A very sad story.

    Always be nice to your in-laws

  3. MsShoe16

    These people aren’t just cruel but not very smart either. They really think they’re going to get away with these crimes. it’s probably about money or revenge.

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